After a fruitless search last year, the German battleship Bismarck has been found on the ocean floor 600 miles off the coast of France, 48 years after it was sunk by the British Navy.
The Bismarck was located Monday under 15,000 feet of water by Argo, a remote-controlled robot that scuttles across the ocean floor. Argo and his master, expedition leader Dr. Robert Ballard, also discovered the sunken Titanic four years ago.The Bismarck was sitting upright on the sea floor "intact in an excellent state of preservation" about 600 miles west of Brest on the Brittany coast, said Ballard, who is based at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod.
The discovery is likely to trigger great curiosity among naval historians, said Maj. Charles Neimeyer of the U.S. Naval Academy.
"They'll be looking for the sort of technology the Germans had at the time, because this ship was considered state-of-the-art," he said.
No human remains were found near the Bismarck. All but 100 of the 2,200 crew members perished.
The ship will be left undisturbed as a grave site, like the Titanic, according to David Gallo, assistant director of the Center for Marine Exploration at Woods Hole.