It has been 77 years since the HMS Narwhal sank to the depths of the ocean after suffering an attack from a Dornier bomber. Her location remained a mystery for 77 years as puzzled researchers lost her without a trace. Now in a string of luck, the long-lost British vessel has been discovered 250 miles off the coast of Scottland.
In 1940 the HMS Narwhal set off on a mission to lay mines in waters surrounding German-occupied territory when it was sunk after its travel paths were decoded. The remains of this vessel were stumbled upon completely by accident. Divers were actually searching for a Polish submarine Orzeł (Eagle) when they found the British Narwhal instead.
“At first, we hoped it could be the Eagle, one of our own Polish submarines, but we soon found that the wreck was 13ft longer then Eagle, thus excluding it from the sought-after submarine.”
Although sonar imagery does not provide a conclusive picture of the vessel, the dimensions and location provide evidence that this is HMS Narwhal. The remains of the sunken submarine still need proper verification and a full expedition is in the works to give families of the victims closure on the long-lost vessel.