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German Destroyer V82, Whale Island, Portsmouth
Of the two destroyer wrecks in Portsmouth Harbour identified by the Maritime Archaeology Trust in 2016, the eastern wreck of V82 is the more visible. She was launched in July 1916 and saw service with the High Seas Fleet and the Flanders Flotilla. In October 1917 she took part in Operation Albion, the successful German amphibious operation to invade the West Estonian Archipelago in the Baltic.
Following the armistice, V82 was interned at Scapa Flow. In 1919 she was handed over to the British and subsequently used for gunnery trails in the Solent in 1920. Severely damaged, she was beached on the mud flats at Whale Island.
The site was recorded on April 6th 2016 as part of the HLF Forgotten Wrecks of the First World War project by the Maritime Archaeology Trust.
This model is derived from 384 still images.
Photos and model: Brandon Mason.