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VikingGrandad
04-30-2007, 06:24 AM
From Reuters:

BERLIN (Reuters) - A World War Two-era German torpedo was discovered floating in the Baltic sea near the resort where Chancellor Angela Merkel will host U.S. President George W. Bush and other world leaders at a G8 summit in June.

Police spokesman Volker Werner said on Friday the five-metre (16 feet) torpedo, which weighed 1,500 kg, was towed to the beach near Heiligendamm and was set off in a controlled detonation.

"It was under water for at least 62 years and for whatever reason floated up to the surface before it was spotted on Wednesday evening 2.5 sea miles (4.5 km) off shore," Werner said. It was towed to the beach and detonated on Thursday.

"Even though there are relics from World War Two found in the Baltic sea, this was a rather unusual one," Werner said.

VikingGrandad
04-30-2007, 06:24 AM
From Reuters:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> BERLIN (Reuters) - A World War Two-era German torpedo was discovered floating in the Baltic sea near the resort where Chancellor Angela Merkel will host U.S. President George W. Bush and other world leaders at a G8 summit in June.

Police spokesman Volker Werner said on Friday the five-metre (16 feet) torpedo, which weighed 1,500 kg, was towed to the beach near Heiligendamm and was set off in a controlled detonation.

"It was under water for at least 62 years and for whatever reason floated up to the surface before it was spotted on Wednesday evening 2.5 sea miles (4.5 km) off shore," Werner said. It was towed to the beach and detonated on Thursday.

"Even though there are relics from World War Two found in the Baltic sea, this was a rather unusual one," Werner said. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

staduer255
04-30-2007, 06:35 AM
Heh...You guys should look around the island of Filfa near Malta (Where I live)... The RAF used the island as bombing practice and theres hundreds of un exploded bombs in the water around, saw one myself... Im guessing thats one of the reasons no one is allowed on the island...

Celeon999
04-30-2007, 06:48 AM
That reminds me of that myth about the FAT-I torpedo which was allegedly found still running its search pattern. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Celeon999
04-30-2007, 06:58 AM
Reuters has cool news lately http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif


That one is from last week http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif


<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">BERLIN (Reuters) - A German phone thief led police right to his front door when they called the stolen mobile to say he had won some free beer and he willingly gave his address.
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staduer255
04-30-2007, 06:59 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Celeon999:
That reminds me of that myth about the FAT-I torpedo which was allegedly found still running its search pattern. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Celeon dont you go to work or something? *Checks the people I know whithout a life file (mine is the biggest one)* http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif
Well, torps will be torps... *Goes to visi filfla takes 1 step steps on a bomb and gets oblitirated* http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

danurve
05-04-2007, 08:20 AM
Wonder what the hazard pay is to demolish jazz like that?

"I cut bait and blow sh|% up for a living" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/icon_twisted.gif

Propfighter
05-04-2007, 09:49 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">That reminds me of that myth about the FAT-I torpedo which was allegedly found still running its search pattern.
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Ya know, they don't exactly have unlimited range.

As for the thief story... just add it to the idiotic criminal page, shall we? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Celeon999
05-04-2007, 10:28 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Propfighter:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">That reminds me of that myth about the FAT-I torpedo which was allegedly found still running its search pattern.
</div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Ya know, they don't exactly have unlimited range.

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Yeah i know , but the article said something about the batteries gathering power through some strange electrolysis with the seawater and stuff.....Pretty unlikely http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Propfighter
05-05-2007, 08:17 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Yeah i know , but the article said something about the batteries gathering power through some strange electrolysis with the seawater and stuff.....Pretty unlikely
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Not only is it unlikely, but even if it did keep running, it would have probably either hit shore, or just plain wore out the props and motor... those don't last forever either. Just think: What if you kept your car engine running 24/7 at full power for 50 years with no maintaince or anything at all?

K_Freddie
05-05-2007, 03:38 PM
Not impossible, very possible but obviously not fully charging the battery.

Heat up a flat battery and it charges, freeze it and it discharges.. varying temperature will have these effects on a battery, plus many other chemical reactions.. sea water.

Sea water could get into the battery and set off chloride fumes and pressurise the torp interior, turning it into a ballast tank. More chemical reactions later and maybe the torp motor slowly ticks over.

You know that dead bodies rise to the surface after a few days due to interior decay and formation of gases within the body.. Ugly I know but it happens.
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tuddley3
05-05-2007, 03:49 PM
@ Danurve - I want your job, your a demolitionist(spelling) ?