Diving Uss Massachusetts
In the tradition of Shadow Divers, this is the gripping true account of the search for German U-boat U-550, the last unfound, diveable wreck of a U-boat off the United States coast, and the battle in which it was sunk.
On April 16, 1944, the SS Pan Pennsylvania was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-550 off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts. In return the sub was driven to the surface with depth charges, and then sent to the bottom of the ocean by three destroyer escorts that were guarding the naval convoy. For more than sixty years the location of the U-boat’s wreck eluded divers.
In 2012, a team found it—the last undiscovered U-boat in dive-able waters off the Eastern Seaboard of the United States, more than three hundred feet below the surface.
This is the story of their twenty-year quest to find this "Holy Grail" of deep-sea diving and their tenacious efforts to dive on this treacherous wreck—and of the stunning clash at sea that sealed its doom and brought the Battle of the Atlantic to America’s doorstep.
This historical 8 x 10 inch glossy photo of the German U-Boat U-853 is from a personal collection of hundreds of ships and shipwreck photos produced in the late 1970's and early 80's. All photos have been protected by glassine envelopes in a temperature/humidity controlled environment and they look as glossy as the day they were produced.
The U-853 claimed the last victim of the Atlantic war in US waters, and then became the last U-boat sunk in US waters - all after the official end of the war. Either her captain never got the news, or he didn't care. Towards the end of the war, when most of the older commanders had been lost, U-boats were often captained by youthful ( brainwashed ) Nazi fanatics, a number of whom fought on even after the surrender.
In any case, we'll never know, as a Navy task force that happened to be in the area turned their full attention to the situation and sank the U-853 in short order with all hands lost. In fact, they did enough damage to sink her several times over. Today the sub lies intact and upright on the bottom, with two large blast holes in the hull. The first is just forward of the conning tower with a diameter equal to the width of the hull. The second is of similar size near the stern. It is easy to drop down into either hole and look around, but penetrating further into the confines of the hull would be much more difficult.
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Fundamentally, they identified the ship by china dishes with the Pocahontas Steamship Company logo found onboard. The team said they hope to learn even more about the party. “We know our story with the wreck, but we'd really like to hear their story. What
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