Shipwreck of SS Justicia, off Malin Head on the north-west coast of Ireland

The Bigger Picture: SS Justicia

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Divers have photographed the remains of a British troopship that has been sitting on the seabed for nearly a century.

This image, taken by chemist Darragh Norton and his crew, shows the shipwreck of a First World War troopship, SS Justicia, off Malin Head on the north-west coast of Ireland. The ship was sunk by torpedoes from the German Type III Coastal U-boat UB-64 99 years ago in July 1918, killing 16 crew. Due to its size of 237m, it took six torpedoes to sink the ship, which was originally laid down as SS Statendam, a 32,234 gross-ton ocean liner. Before the vessel was completed, it was acquired by the British government to transport troops, and the hull was repainted in a dazzle camouflage scheme.

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