Nantucket is an old fishing port on the extreme east coast of America, and where the famed Essex left from, sunk by Moby Dick.
“U-550 was found Monday by a privately funded group organized by New Jersey lawyer Joe Mazraani. It was the second trip in two years to the site by the team, some of whom had been searching for the lost U-boat for two decades.”
They should get some other interests.
“Using side-scan sonar, the seven-man team located the wreck listing to its side in deep water about 70 miles south of Nantucket.”
German U-Boats came in quite close to US cities, recording that they could see cars and people under the street lights. I guess they were quite curious more than anything, to see “America.”
The U-Boat was one of the most successful strategies of the Nazi war campaign, particularly the tactic of having them patrol and fight in ‘wolf packs.’ If Hitler had continued their production, he may have crippled the Atlantic conveys and brought Britain to its knees. It was one of Churchill’s gravest fears during the war. The Brits however, cracked the German naval Enigma codes at Bletchley Park and this enabled them to anticipate the attacks. Hitler also diverted resources away from the navy (he was an infantry man, never a sailor, and did not understand war at sea), and further, the Allies developed very effective counter-measures to combat submarines.
It was a horrible fighting machine, both for the sailors underneath and the ship’s crews above. Countless thousands of brave sub-mariners suffered terrible lonely deaths marooned and doomed in the depths, blown apart by concussion, or crushed under pressure. The ugliness of war.