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Eerie remains of WWI German shipwreck revealed on British beach after storm

EERIE remains of a First World War German shipwreck have reappeared on the Cornish coast that it accidentally beached on almost a century ago.

Low tides after a recent storm have unearthed the ghostly wreckage of what was once the SV Carl.

Back in 1917, the ship was being towed by the Royal Navy to be broken up and turned into scrap metal when it got stuck on a reef.

It was then buried under sand at Booby's Bay in Padstow.

However, strong storms over the Christmas period have removed a lot of the sand and exposed the 60 foot steel hull of the wreckage.

Anyone in the area hoping to catch a glimpse will have to be quick though as it's only visible at low tide for about an hour before sand is washed over it again by the sea.

One of the three masts of the SV Carl also gets exposed at low tides.

The ship was impounded in 1914 for being a German registered ship in Cardiff docks when the First World War broke out.

Some people even suspected the ship of being an enemy minelayer before it was impounded by the British.

When the ship was accidentally wrecked in 1917, large parts of it broke up on the rocks.

This meant some of it could still be taken away and used as scrap.

It wasn't long before the rest of the ship was buried with sand, not to be seen again for most of the year.

Local people say the shipwreck is often exposed in the winter time.

However, the amount of the wreckage that is revealed is said to be increasing each year.

The Cornish coast is famous for shipwrecks as over 6,000 boats are thought to have been wrecked there.

Royal Navy Lieutenant Commander Langford wrote in a 1966 letter to the British magazine Padstow Echo: "The Carl went aground on the outer reef. Two Admiralty tugs came from Devonport to try to refloat her."

He added: "She was there examined by salvage experts … who found no damage whatever to the hull.

"The Admiralty tugs therefore had another try to tow her off, but once more both ship’s towing harnesses parted.

"Carl broke her back and became a total loss. But for the unusual misfortune of both towing hawsers parting on two successive attempts Carl would in all probability have been salvaged."

When did World War One start?

Here's what you need to know...

The outbreak of the war began on June 28, 1914, when Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife were shot dead in the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo.

Britain, France, Ireland and Russia were part of an alliance called the Triple Entente, while Germany aligned itself with Austria-Hungary, known as the Central Powers.

The assassination of Archduke Ferdinand triggered a chain of events within these countries which resulted in the war.

Tensions boiled throughout July 1914 until August 1 saw Germany order general mobilasation and declare war again Russia.

After sending troops into Luxembourg and demanding free passage through Belgium for German troops, Germany declared war on France on August 3.

Great Britain then declared war on Germany on August 4 before Austria Hungary declared war on Russia on August 5.

Serbia followed suit, declaring war against Germany on August 6.

Montenegro against Austria-Hungary on August 7 and against Germany on August 12. then France and Great Britain declared war against Austria-Hungary on August 10 and August 12, respectively.

Finally Japan declared against Germany on August 23, Austria-Hungary against Japan on August 25 and against Belgium on August 28.

The First World War eventually ended in 1918.

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In other archaeology news, the graves of 50 slaves who were forced to build an elite Roman villa in UK have been unearthed.

Last year, a hoard of expensive bottles of liquor destined for Tzar Nicholas II’s Russia have been salvaged from a World War I shipwreck.

And, an incredible fighter plane that crashed off the coast of Wales during World War II was been given protected status.

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