Hunter and Prey from Battle of the Atlantic Discovered
Approximately 30 miles off the coast of North Carolina, researchers led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries discovered two vessels from World War II’s Battle of the Atlantic: U-576 and the tanker Bluefields.
“There were many U-boats that were operating off the coast of the United States, and several that have been known since their sinking. These were pretty thick over here,” said Joe Hoyt, a NOAA sanctuary scientist and chief scientist for the expedition. “The real significance of this find is that it’s not just the U-boat, it’s the boat and the ship it sunk. It’s a whole battlefield scene, and that is much more uncommon. There’s very few instances where there was a whole convoy battle that took place and where both the U-boat and vessels of the convoy were sunk.” The vessels are less than 240 yards apart.