Raising the Graf Spee

Debate Over Using German Warship as Uruguay Tourist Attraction

Graf Spee on fire

The German warship Admiral Graf Spee, which sank in shallow water, was still on fire a few days after the explosion. Courtesy Diego M. Lascano hide caption

itoggle caption Courtesy Diego M. Lascano

A German warship called Graf Spee, which sank off Uruguay's coast in 1939 during the early days of World War II, is at the center of a growing debate. Many want to raise the ship and make it a tourist attraction in the economically depressed country. Others, including some of the Graf Spee's survivors, want the ship to remain untouched in its watery grave off Montevideo. NPR's Martin Kaste reports.

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