Photographing a German U-boat

Divers from the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and Eastern Carolina University photograph the German U-boat U-352. U-352 was surveyed off the coast of Morehead City, N.C., during the Battle of the Atlantic Expedition Summer 2008. The wreck site was surveyed using traditional archaeological mapping techniques coupled with video and photographic documentation. The site was discovered in the 1970s and has suffered the effects of storms, time, and looters. NOAA's objective during the survey was to map the site in detail and to assess its historical significance and archaeological integrity. NOAA divers used various technologies to document the sites, including employing underwater cameras and sonar to create a photo-mosaic of the wreck.


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(Original source: National Ocean Service Image Gallery)

  • Mike PRO 6y

    Excellent! U-352 was a type VII that was assigned to the area of Cape Hatterus- Cape Lookout. Commanded by 31 year old Hellmut Rathe, U-352 closed on Onslow Bay NC where he fired three torpedoes at a freighter escorted by a Coast Guard cutter. All three missed. In the afternoon of the following day, Rathe sighted another cutter sailing alone, 30 miles south of Cape Lookout. The cutter was 'Icarus' bound from NY to Key West and running along on full alert. As Rathe closed the range 'Icarus' picked up a solid sonar contact at 2000 yards. Five shallow set depth charges were fired at a likely spot. All five straddled U-352 and wrecked the boat. Rathe bottomed out at 114 feet to play dead but the 'Icarus', commanded by 52 year old Maurice Jester, dropped another five charges and Rathe elected to surface to abandon and scuttle. Thirty three survivors were fished out of the water and and taken to Charleston SC. Salvage divers took photographs and assessed the damage to U-352 but for various reasons salvage was not pursued and no divers enetered the wreck. The boat laid undisturbed where she sank until rediscovered in 1975 by American salvage and sport divers.
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