Target: Unidentified U-boat - which turned out to be the OTHER Type XX1 - U2506
Weather and sea conditions: Wind 2-3 westerly, overcast
As soon as I saw this monster come out of the gloom, I was sure it was the other Type XXI. I didn't dare to believe it until the bows with the Balcony sonar array were fully in view. Sheer ELATION!
Incredibly, this submarine wreck is completely intact. It is as complete as U778, which we found on last year.
The 20mm gun barrels on both turrets are in place, the bridge is complete, the schnorchel, scopes etc are all there. There is almost no wear to the casing at all. Only the rudder has fallen off. I kneeled on the sand under the conning tower and was awed by the sheer beauty of the wreck of this mighty killing machine. It is simply the greatest U-boat dive I have ever done. It isn't every day you dive a virgin XXI wreck.
We now plan to investigate this wreck further next week.
The fantastic weather has ended for now. It may be Monday-Tuesday before we get back to this wreck. We have now dived every known/surveyed submarine wreck on Chart 2811. It is perhaps, Murphys Law that the last wreck turned out to be Horst von Schroter's elusive U-boat.
Its days like this that make days like yesterday all the more worthwhile.