In what was supposed to be a regular day of training for highway patrolmen had transitioned into an official investigation at an Oklahoma lake. The officers were out to test a newly acquired sonar device in 2013 when it detected and formed an unusual graph result from 12 feet below Foss Lake in Custer County.
They found two cars strangely submerged side by side. In it were three bodies each, all of whom were declared missing 4 decades ago. After careful examination, it was found out that they all died of drowning, but it only raises more questions than answers. However, family members left behind express relief, and closure from the discovery saying, “Only God knows what happened.”
The Sunken City in Qiandao Lake
The sunken city in Qiandao lake did not result from a natural disaster. Shi Cheng was created during the Eastern Han Dynasty originally as a county in AD 208. It derived its name from a mountain nearby (Wu Shi), but the whole valley had been flooded to create the Xin’an River Dam in 1959.
The mountains that surround the area are now known as islands after it had all had been partially submerged by water; the Qiandao lake itself is called the Thousand Island Lake. The ancient city of Shi Cheng remains untouched at the bottom, estimated to be over 100 feet deep.
The Baltic Sea Anomaly
You’ll never know what you might encounter while probing the deep. A marginal sea of the Atlantic Ocean, the Ocean X company embarked on a treasure-hunting mission around the area, armed with high-tech equipment to scan the bottom of the sea with sonar imagery.
Expecting to find some clues of ancient treasures, they stumble upon an oddly shaped image of what looks like an alien spaceship on the floor of the northern Baltic Sea. The discovery was made in 2011, and they scampered to get a sample of the structure, which turned out to be made of stone. Scientists are still unsure of its origin, but speculate that it might be a product of glacial and volcanic processes.
This Dornier 17 Bomber
During the Second World War when bombing raids were regularly conducted, the main challenge had always been to outwit or outrun defending fighter aircraft. This prompted the Germans to invent the Dornier Do 17 “fast bomber” in the mid-1930s.
It was faster and also easier to maneuver. Because of its “shoulder wing” design, the aircraft was difficult to hit, and it was capable of running reconnaissance missions as well. This photograph shows a wreck of the aircraft hauled out from the Goodwin Sands in 2013 after it was discovered in 2008. It was reportedly shot down by enemy fire on August 28, 1940.
The SS Thistlegorm
This British armed Merchant Navy ship was built in 1940. It had three successful voyages until it was sunk during its fourth trip, on its way to Alexandria, Egypt. It traveled to the US, Argentina, and the West Indies. A German bomber plane suspected it of being a troop carrier and targeted it, triggering the ship’s own load of bombs and ammunition to explode, causing the SS Thistlegorm to sink in 1941.
Interest over its wreckage had been resumed after Jacques Cousteau discovered it in the 1950s. He was able to raise some of its load, while most of it remains underwater. It’s now a recreational dive site where motorcycles, trucks, and rifles, which it was supposed to deliver to the Allied forces in Egypt, can be seen on deck.