German U-boat found off Nantucket

Cool story. This is the second U-boat discovery claimed this week! The first one seems a little less certain that THIS one.

Divers find sunken German U-boat off Massachusetts coast – U.S. News.

Divers have discovered a World War II-era German submarine nearly 70 years after it sank under withering U.S. attack in waters off Nantucket.

The U-550 was found Monday by a privately funded group organized by New Jersey lawyer Joe Mazraani.

In the second trip in two years to the site by the team, the seven-man crew using side-scan sonar located the wreck listing to its side in deep water about 70 miles south of Nantucket.

The U-550 is one of several World War II-era German U-boats that have been discovered off the U.S. coast, but it’s the only one that sank in that area, Mazraani said. He said it’s been tough to find largely because military positioning of the battle was imprecise, and searchers had only a general idea where the submarine was when it sank. Kozak noted that the site is far offshore and has only limited windows of good weather.

Tip: Steve Liberace

Credit: GK Consulting & AWS Expeditions/Joe Mazraani

It’s really curious that private explorers are searching for and FINDING neat things. It’s very exciting. This is a mystery solved. Nice job, boys.

  6 comments for “German U-boat found off Nantucket

  1. Massachusetts
    July 28, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    I think the sonar images is very striking.

  2. spookyparadigm
    July 29, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    Side-scan sonar has gotten to amazing resolution. Look at the recent images of the Titanic wreck site.

    Which is why I’m deeply suspicious of claims of weird underwater anomalies. The Baltic “UFO” of course, conveniently makes electronics stop working except when it doesn’t.

  3. Massachusetts
    July 29, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Good point!

    There’s another well-known U-Boat wreck off the coast of Rhode Island. The coast was crawling with Nazi subs back in the day–rather frightening to contemplate.

  4. July 29, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    This could be the beginning of a whole new limerick.

    • July 31, 2012 at 10:44 AM

      Hilarious!

  5. Lobster Jesus
    July 31, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    U Boats pretty much had their pick of American shipping for several months after Hitler declared war in 1941. No ASW capability to speak of and coastal cities lit up just like peace time.

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