The Empire Wold disappeared on Nov. 10 1944 (Royal Navy/Icelandic Coastguard)
A decades-long mystery about the fate of a ship that disappeared during the second world War, the rescue mission is finally solved.
The wreck of the Empire Wold, a Royal Navy tugboat, was discovered by the coast guards off the coast of Iceland. The ship sank on Nov. 10, 1944, with the loss of her 16 crew members.
of a convoy that was making its way from Scotland to Iceland, the Empire Wold in the direction of the final position of the tanker Shirvan, which had sunk U-300, a German U-Boat. An Icelandic ship Godafoss, grabbed Shirvan the survivors, but was torpedoed and sank in just four minutes.
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The Empire Wold never reached Shirvan location, which speculated that it had also become a victim of the U-boat. The tug’s fate, but has long been shrouded in mystery. U-300 was sunk off Gibraltar by the British ships in February 1945 – the surviving crew members were firmly convinced that they are not in the sink of the Empire Wold, according to the Royal Navy.
Sonar image of the Empire Wold on the seabed (Royal Navy/Icelandic Coastguard)
With the ship of the discovery on the seabed by the Icelandic Coastguards, experts have been able to piece together the ill-fated ship of the last moments. Sonar was used for the detection of the Rich Wold some distance from the last reported position, and a submarine was sent down to the seabed to investigate the wreck and confirm his identity.
“The coast guard team found no evidence of an explosion and, after consulting the contemporary weather of 1944, determined that the tug boat probably ran aground in heavy seas and 40 knots of wind,” explained the Royal Navy in a statement.
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Seven Royal Navy personnel and nine of the Merchant navy sailors, including Second Engineer Oswin ‘Happy Harry Green, were, on the Empire Wold.
A submersible pump was sent to the seabed to investigate the wreck of the Royal Navy/Icelandic Coastguard)
“As the final resting place of the Royal Navy sailors, the wreck is now protected by the law and the exact location is not known by the Icelandic authorities,” explained the Royal Navy, in his statement.
Researchers around the world work to sites of the second world War wrecks. The wreckage of the AMERICAN B-24 bomber, for example, it has been discovered in Papua New Guinea, 74 years after it was shot down during a fierce battle with Japanese troops.
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Earlier this year, a team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen found the wreck of the USS Helena in the Pacific ocean, almost 75 years after it was sunk by a Japanese torpedo.
The expeditions led by Allen have discovered that there are a whole host of historic military shipwrecks such as the USS Lexington, which was located in March, 76 years after it was lost in the Battle of the Coral Sea. Shortly after finding the Lexington, Allen’s team found the wreck of the USS Juneau, which was sunk by a Japanese torpedo with the loss of 687 sailors in 1942.
No signs of an explosion were discovered in the wreck of the Royal Navy/Icelandic Coastguard)
Last year, All of the crew found the long-lost wreck of the USS Indianapolis in the Philippine Sea.
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Also in 2017, engineers work on a sub-sea power link in the north sea found what is believed to be the wreck of a World War II Royal Air Force bomber off the coast of Norway.
In 2015, experts from NOAA and the University of Hawaii released remarkable images of a U.S. Navy seaplane sunk during the opening minutes of the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
The tug boat probably ran aground in heavy seas and 40 knots of wind, according to the Icelandic coast guard (Royal Navy/ Icelandic Coastguard)
A massive British world War II shipwreck was recently raised from the bottom of a port in Sri Lanka 75 years after the ship was sunk after an attack by Japanese forces.
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