More than a year ago, a French battleship from World War I was discovered on the ocean floor near the island of Sardinia in the Mediterranean Sea. The battleship, the Danton, was torpedoed by a German u-boat in 1917 shortly after the the battleship received word that enemy submarines were in the area. The Danton was en route to Corfu, Greece on March 18th when the ship was attacked. The ship is believed to have rolled after being torpedoed and as it sank, it rolled again landing upright on the sea bed. The Danton was one of the largest French vessels of World War I. It carried almost 1,000 men. Three fourths of the crew were rescued, but casualties still numbered more than 290.
The Danton was discovered by an unmanned submarine conducting a survey of the sea floor for a proposed oil pipeline route. For the complete story please visit French Battleship Intact After Nearly a Century Under Water by Deb Krajnak.
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