During the World War I, the Mediterranean Sea was the scene of the actions of several German Submarines, especially the U-64 which patrolled the Spanish waters. The U-64, with Robert Morath as the Commander, sank an impressive 15,000 tons of ship as well as the battleship “Danton” between December 1917 to February 1918.
There are a number of local wrecks suitable for both tek training and tek exploration, and many more sites within a short drive at Villajoyosa where six of the ships sunk by U-64 can be found at various depths as follows;
An American ship with a length of 122m and beam of 14.5m -she was sunk on the 10th December 1917 while sailing between Norfolk and Genova carrying gasoline. She lies at 85m.
A Norwegian ship with a length of 91m and 12m beam. She was sunk in the 10th December 1917 while sailing between Baltimore and Genova carrying flour. She lies at 80m.
An British ship with a length of 76m an 13m beam. SHe was sunk on the 11th December 1917 while sailing between Marsella and Melilla. She was not carrying a cargo and lies at 65m.
A British ship with a length of 68m and 11m beam. She was sunk on the 11th December 1917 while sailing between Genova and Cartegena. She was not carrying a cargo and lies at 80m.
An Italian ship with a length of 91m and 12m beam. She was sunk on the 4th February 1918 while sailing between Sicily and Liverpool. She was carrying a cargo of oranges and lies at 68m.
An Italian ship of 93m length and 11m beam. She was sunk on the 5th February 1918 while sailing between Genova and and Gibraltar. She was on a guard mission and lies in 72m of water.
There is also an additional wreck, the LONICA, an Italian ship sunk in unknown circumstances while on her way to Malaga carrying matting. She lies in 95m of water.