Ghostly wreck of Nazi-hunting ship that 'helped capture Hitler's spy boat' finally found

THE WRECK of a US ship that hunted Nazi spies and sailed the seas for 88 years has been found.

The shipwreck of the U.S. Revenue Cutter Bear has been found in Canadian waters after an extensive search that has spanned decades.


The Bear was originally a commercial ship in 1874 before being purchased by the US government to do rescue work in the Arctic.

It also acted as a relief ship during the Spanish flu pandemic from 1918 to 1919.

Among many things it was a museum, a film set and was used by the US Navy during both world wars.

It even helped capture a Norwegian trawler that was telling the Nazi's the weather conditions in the North Atlantic.

It was decommissioned in 1944 but sank during a storm in 1963 as it was being towed to its intended destination of Philadelphia.

People have been searching for its whereabouts for decades.

A more recent sonar mapping of 62 square miles of the seafloor helped identify two suspicious objects in Canadian waters,

Video has since confirmed that they are pieces of the ship about 167km from Nova Scotia's Cape Sable.

The exact location is being kept private for now.

Nets from fishing trawlers are said to have badly damaged the wooden hull.

The Bear has been a steamship and a diesel powered ship.

It helped save Arctic explorers and commercial boats in its time.

According to Live Science, Brad Barr, the mission coordinator for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Maritime Heritage Program, led the search for several years.

He said: "The Bear has had such an incredible history, and it's so important in many ways in American and global maritime heritage because of its travels."

He has detailed his findings about the ship on several website posts.

  • Get all the latest Science news
  • Keep up-to-date with the top Space & Astronomy stories
  • All the latest Archaelogy news from dinosaurs to Ancient artefacts

Find out more about science

Want to know more about the weird and wonderful world of science? From the Moon to the human body, we have you covered…

  • When is the next Full Moon?
  • What is a Super Moon?
  • What is SpaceX?
  • Where is the edge of space?
  • How many bones are in the human body?
  • How many chromosomes do humans have?
  • What causes a volcano to erupt?
  • Which sharks attack the most humans?
  • What are the conspiracy theories about the world ending?
  • All the UFO sightings and whether aliens are real
  • Which country has the most earthquakes?

 

In other news, scientists are planning to bring ancient beasts such as the Woolly Mammoth back to life using DNA splicing.

A woolly mammoth's astonishing life has been retraced – by scanning its six foot tusk.

An unusual fossil with a series of spikes has been revealed to be the remains of a new species of dinosaur.

And, a sharp-toothed, tree-climbing dinosaur discovered by researchers has been dubbed the "Monkeydactyl".

We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online Tech & Science team? Email us at [email protected]

    Source: Read Full Article