Actually, it didn't so much surface as it was rescued, years after its final descent, from the bottom of the seafloor off the coast of Liverpool. Currently residing on land near a museum in the UK, its rusting hull sits exposed and rusting for the world to see. Pic via our friends at The Cellar, via a Russian photo blog (which identified the wreck only as "German sub.")

For those of you in the Southern California region, we heartily recommend a tour of the Scorpion, a Russian sub-turned-tourist-trap currently docked in the water just off Long Beach. It's as close as most of us will come to embarking on a dank, cramped submarine mission of our own. The best part, though, is the photo of the Scorpion's original crew: most of the men are blessedly diminutive, except for the sub's commander, who stands at least 6'5 "“ and has some of the most alarming permanently-hunched shoulders we've ever seen. Tall guys "“ this blogger included "“ don't belong on submarines!

More photos after the jump ...