German Submarine Discovered Off North Carolina Coast

Sep 7, 2016

After a seven-year-long search, the German submarine U-576 was found underwater off the coast of North Carolina, where it sank in 1942. Much of the U-Boot's deck has rotten away after 74 years in the water, but its hull, conning tower and deck gun are still in tact. The sunken submarine is a reminer of the past - one where over 40 German sailors partook in a battle and perished when the U-576 went down off of North Carolina's Outer Banks on July 15, 1942.

sonar image Enlarge image A sonar image of the U-576 wreck site. (© picture alliance / dpa) The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration had been searching for the sunken U-Boot since 2009. With the help of sonar devices, it was found in August 2014, a year after the NOAA found a merchant vessel that the U-Boot had sank during the battle. But last month marked the first time that anyone had seen the ship since it went down during World War II. Several scientists visited the wreck in a series of dives that took place in late August. The divers also visited the wreck of the U-Boot's victim, the Nicaraguan freighter Bluefields.

Wreck of submarine U352 Enlarge image Wreck of submarine U352 in North Carolina. (© picture alliance / Arco Images G)

NOAA martitime archeologists are trying to find out what exactly happened to the crew of the U-576, which went down with the ship. It is suspected that the bodies of the 45 German sailors remain trapped inside the wreckage. The German Embassy was invited by the NOAA to visit the site last weekend, but stormy weather made the dive impossible. Embassy representatives may visit the site at a later date.

By Nicole Glass, Editor of The Week in Germany

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