The “Remaining” Wrecks


The last U-boat sunk in WW-1, the UB116 was attempting to enter Scapa flow on 28th October 1918 when she was detected by magnetic detector loops on the bottom and sunk by mine detonated by remote control from the controlled mine battery at Hoxa Head on South Ronaldsay. Substantially intact until 1969 she was comprehensively blasted in order to remove the threat to visiting tankers from the ten torpedoes she still carried.

Not much remains of the UB116 apart from a deck gun and the conning tower. Diving the UB116 is accessible regardless of tide, and as she sits in 28 metres of water and makes an interesting intermediate or advanced level dive.