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I thought all you WWI history buffs might like to see this news article.
NineMSN wrote:WWI battleship found in Mediterranean
A French battleship torpedoed by a German submarine during World War I has been found by chance by a Dutch team working on a pipeline in the depths of the Mediterranean, it was announced on Thursday.

The Danton went down on March 19, 1917, with almost one-third of its 1,000-strong crew as it made its way to the Greek island of Corfu from the French military harbour of Toulon.

More than 90 years later it was discovered in unlikely fashion by a team of Dutch geoscientists as they examined the sea bed to prepare for the construction of a gas pipeline between Algeria and Italy.

The Danton was found resting upright some 1,000 metres below the surface, south of the Italian Mediterranean island of Sardinia.

It was discovered at the start of 2008, but the announcement could not be made until now because the ship had to be identified first by experts.

"It is a spectacular discovery because of the good condition of the wreck," Rob Luijnenburg from Fugro, the Dutch firm that made the discovery, told AFP by phone from Milan, where the find was announced.

The 19,000 tonne, 150-metre-long gun turrets on the vessel remain intact, along with the grim remains of 296 naval personnel.

Luijnenburg said it was "highly unlikely" the wreck could be brought to the surface. "It is too deep. No divers can reach that depth, only robots. I don't think it is feasible."

As for retrieving the human remains, "the French authorities will have to decide about that," he said.

The vessel, which first took to the water in 1910, formed part of the French Mediterranean fleet during World War I.

The remainder of the 1,000 crew are believed to have been saved by patrol boats that had been accompanying the battleship.

The planned pipeline had to be shifted some 100 metres to bypass the historic find, said Luijnenburg.
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The Danton appears to be a post-Tsushima pre-dreadnought. First French battleship outfitted with turbine engines. The 12 240mm guns would have been presented a fearsome secondary fusillade, however HMS Dreadnought would have easily outsteamed the and outranged the slower battleship (21 vs 19 knots, 10 305mm cannon primary armaments vs 4 on the Danton).

Danton before 1917

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SONAR (?) of the wreck.

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Looks like it really plowed into the ocean floor :o

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