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High tides: A British liner sunk during World War II reappears on the north coast

High equinox tides started on the Channel Coast and Atlantic Ocean this Sunday.
As the sea recedes from the coast, it often reveals buried treasures.
This is specifically the boat “Crested Eagle” that sank off the coast of Dunkirk.

These are usually invisible remnants that are only exposed at low tide. On the Dunkirk (north) coast, as the sea recedes, the outlines of a wreck emerge in the sand. A rare sight was seen by some before dawn, with the arrival of high tides in the region. Appeared this Sunday Crested Eagle, a 91 meter steam liner, which sank in May 1940 during World War II. Here, everyone knows the story of this boat located on Zuydcoote Beach.

“It's a boat carrying troops in Belgium that ended up here after being bombed at sea.”, a resident explains in the TF1 report at the top of this article. More than 300 people drowned. If Crested Eagle Most famously, it's not just a hunting boat on the bottom of the sea off the coast of Dunkirk. The Devonia, in Brae-dunes, well known to the townspeople. Two buildings, with LorinaThe Vonet Or even Claude One of hundreds of Operation Dynamo ships sunk during the evacuation of Allied forces, mainly British, off the coast of Dunkirk.

Wreck of Crested Eagle sunk during Operation Dynamo – TF1, May 1940

Traces of the battles of the last century can be found on the coast of Dunkirk, although many have not yet revealed their secrets: even today, the location of almost thirty ships remains a mystery. Unseen treasures of the seabed, nearly 400 wrecks litter the beaches of Nord and Pas-de-Calais. But finding a wreck is a blessing: a crested eagle appeared on the Dunkirk beach this Sunday morning for only a few hours before disappearing back under the water by the end of the morning.

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Editorial staff of TF1info | Report: Introduction to Manon and Thierry Chartier