Skip to comments.Video: Danton wreck found in deep water
Posted on 02/19/2009 3:51:59 PM PST by JoeProBono
A French battleship sunk in 1917 by a German submarine has been discovered in remarkable condition on the floor of the Mediterranean Sea. The Danton, with many of its gun turrets still intact, is sitting upright in over 1,000m of water. It was found by the Fugro geosciences company during a survey for a gas pipeline between Algeria and Italy. The Danton, which sank with 296 sailors still onboard, lies 35km southwest of the island of Sardinia. Naval historians record that the Danton's Captain Delage stood on the bridge with his officers and made no attempt to leave the ship as it went down.
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The ship dug out the sediment as it hit the seafloor
The Danton was carrying over 1,000 men at the time
Sonar imagery can be used to construct 3D models of the wreck
The elevator needs to rotate.
“The Danton, with many of its gun turrets still intact, is sitting upright in over 1,000m of water.”
Since it was a French battleship likely the guns were also never fired.
Is that Clayton Hartwig in the lower right?
Thanks for the cool animation.
When i went through Navy boot camp in 1951, we had to simulate loading the ammo hoists for a 5 inch 38 firing semi-fixed ammo (seperate shell case and projectile). We had to load 54 lb (I think) projectiles nose first into the ammo hoist, keeping our fingers clear of the base or they would have been snipped off as the hoist lifted the projectiles.
What blew my mind was that the nose of the projectile had a fuse that was twisted/set by the gun control people as it rose. Very cool WWII technology.
>>>Since it was a French battleship likely the guns were also never fired.
You’re probably correct. What tactical brilliance. Figures out 12 inch battleship guns are difficult to aim against a submerged submarine.
that is cool
Cool. Of course, the Danton was a perfect example of why France was in trouble. It was a pre-Dreadnought design, launched in 1909, when the British and Germans were already on their second generation Dreadnoughts.
Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.
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