We’re in the Baltic Sea – an area that’s basically a northern outpost of the Atlantic Ocean. And down in its cold waters, off the coast of Poland, there’s a ticking time bomb concealed beneath the waves – a horrible legacy of the Second World War. In fact, if the cargo of this sunken ship ends up leaking into the sea, environmental catastrophe will surely follow.
The vessel that may eventually do irrevocable harm to our planet is the Franken – an old German merchant ship that had been constructed at the Germaniawerft shipyard in the Baltic Sea port city of Kiel. But although the yard played its part in building merchant vessels such as the Franken, it was perhaps best known during WWII for the creation of U-boats. There, shipbuilders completed 84 such German submarines during the conflict.