Research Submarine Wrecks
As part of the 2014-2018 Centenary, Historic England commissioned Cotswold Archaeology to assess First World War (WW1, WWI or World War One) submarine losses in England's territorial waters.
Forty-seven wrecks have been identified: three British submarines and 44 German U-Boats.
What we know
Of the 47 submarines, 11 boats have particular special interest on account of their confirmed identity and rarity:
British loss : HMS D5 (off Lowestoft, Suffolk)
German losses :
- U-8 (off South Varne buoy)
- UB-12 (off Ramsgate)
- UB-75 (off Robin Hood's Bay)
- UB-109 (off Folkestone, Kent)
- UC-6 (Thames Estuary)
The other 36 submarines are listed below:
- British losses: HMS C29 and HMS E6.
- German losses: U-11, U-37, U-48, UB-4, UB-29, UB-31 (Folkestone, Kent), UB-33, UB-38, UB-41 (off Robin Hood's Bay), UB-56, UB-58, UB-65, UB-72, UB-74, UB-78 (off Folkestone, Kent), UB-81, UB-107, UB-113, UB-115, UC-2, UC-11, UC-19, UC-21, UC-26, UC-32, UC-39, UC-47, UC-49, UC-50, UC-51, UC-64, UC-72, UC-75 and UC-77.
Help write history
Historic England needs your help to understand the condition of each submarine, as well as to confirm their identities with recorded seabed positions.
We would like to use your written logs, records, photographs and videos, and reports to enrich the national record of each site and make them available for others to see. Your contribution will be fully credited where we use it and it will remain your copyright.
Contact the team
Mark Dunkley, a Maritime Designation Adviser at Historic England, has developed expertise in the strategic investigation and management of England’s protected wreck sites. To help with their research into First World War submarines, contact Mark and his team by emailing designationoperations@HistoricEngland.org.uk.
Also of interest...
Historic England’s marine archaeologists have launched a four-year project to exactly locate the wrecks of forty-five U-Boats and three British submarines that sank within territorial waters 12 miles off the English coast during the First World War.