+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 14

Thread: WWII German Submarine U-550 located offshore Nantucket Island, Ma

  1. #1
    RBW Member atedeschi is an unknown quantity at this point atedeschi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Northeast
    Posts
    318
    Kiss Classic & Sidekick CCR

    revo Hybrid, Golem Flex

    WWII German Submarine U-550 located offshore Nantucket Island, Ma

    Discovery:
    On July 23, 2012, after years of hard work, research and multiple field searches, the final resting place of the World War II German submarine U-550 was finally discovered. Finding the submarine, one of the last undiscovered German U-boats sunk off the American coast during the Second World War, has been of interest to historians, World War II buffs, and divers for many years. Previous efforts to locate the wreck, however, have proven unsuccessful. The U-boat was finally located using side scan sonar technology in deep water offshore of Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, where she was reported sunk in 1944. U-550 was found lying mostly intact on the ocean bottom with an approximate 45-degree list to starboard. Photographic and sonar imaging by the expedition team were used to identify the wreck as that of a World War II German submarine, and combined with the wreck's location relative to the historical sinking position, confirm that the find is that of the elusive U-550. Members of the discovery team (in alphabetical order) are: Steve Gatto, Garry Kozak, Joe Mazraani, Tom Packer, Brad Sheard, Eric Takakjian and Anthony Tedeschi.

    Historical Background:

    On April 16, 1944, the German submarine U-550, a type IXC/40 long-range U-boat under the command of Kaptitanleutnant Klaus Hanert, put a single torpedo into the stern of the 10,017-ton American tanker Pan Pennsylvania. The Allied tanker was in convoy and bound for England loaded with 140,000 barrels of gasoline at the time. Following the torpedo explosion, the ship took on an immediate list to port, and when a fire broke out in the engine room the tanker was abandoned in short order. The convoy escorts picked up 56 survivors, leaving 25 men missing out of a crew of 81.

    After picking up the survivors from the Pan Pennsylvania, the U.S. Navy destroyer escorts USS Joyce, Peterson and Gandy combined their efforts to bring swift and fatal retribution to the attacking submarine. Picking up a solid contact with her sonar gear, USS Joyce closed on the target and made a depth-charge attack that quickly brought the U-550 to the surface. Gunfire from all three escorts converged on the surfaced submarine as German sailors poured out of her hatches, briefly returning fire with their own weapons. Meanwhile, USS Gandy rammed the submarine aft and the Germans abandoned ship. A muffled explosion aboard the submarine indicated the crew had set off scuttling charges and U-550 sank stern first. Twelve survivors from the submarine were picked up by the destroyer escorts, while 44 men were lost. Patrol boats picked up the bodies of three German sailors outfitted with escape gear during the next several weeks: they had apparently escaped the sunken submarine only to die adrift at sea. The tanker Pan Pennsylvania capsized and drifted for two days, her cargo of gasoline on fire, before finally being sunk with gunfire.

    Additional Historical Information:
    Refer to the US Coast Guard website: U.S. Coast Guard History
    Attachments:
    · Image 1- sonar image of U-550 sitting on the seafloor
    · Image 2- photo mosaic showing the deck and torpedo loading hatch of U-550
    · Image 3- torpedo loading hatch
    · Image 4- submarine decking
    Attached Images

  2. #2
    RBW Member thetrickster is on a distinguished road thetrickster is on a distinguished road thetrickster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Gibraltar / Spain
    Posts
    372
    APD Evolution Vision

    Re: WWII German Submarine U-550 located offshore Nantucket Island, Ma

    Awesome...

    Well done guys, loving when stuff is lurking in the depths!!

    Whats the depth she's resting in?

  3. #3
    RBW Member osiris is a splendid one to behold osiris is a splendid one to behold osiris is a splendid one to behold osiris is a splendid one to behold osiris is a splendid one to behold osiris is a splendid one to behold osiris is a splendid one to behold osiris is a splendid one to behold osiris is a splendid one to behold osiris is a splendid one to behold osiris is a splendid one to behold osiris's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Auckland
    Posts
    1,379
    HH INSPO HYBRIB BASTARDISED MK

    KISS/IDA64/72/60/Mk15/Cobra

    Re: WWII German Submarine U-550 located offshore Nantucket Island, Ma

    There was a sub in Nantucket,
    the skipper yelled, bailout
    "we are f***-ed",
    The cox pulled the plug, and with big glug!
    down to bottom they sunk with a thud...

    at least i think thats how it goes....

  4. #4
    RBW Member osiris is a splendid one to behold osiris is a splendid one to behold osiris is a splendid one to behold osiris is a splendid one to behold osiris is a splendid one to behold osiris is a splendid one to behold osiris is a splendid one to behold osiris is a splendid one to behold osiris is a splendid one to behold osiris is a splendid one to behold osiris is a splendid one to behold osiris's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Auckland
    Posts
    1,379
    HH INSPO HYBRIB BASTARDISED MK

    KISS/IDA64/72/60/Mk15/Cobra

    Re: WWII German Submarine U-550 located offshore Nantucket Island, Ma

    p.s. lovely work guys.

  5. #5
    RBW Member XJae is a jewel in the rough XJae is a jewel in the rough XJae is a jewel in the rough XJae is a jewel in the rough XJae is a jewel in the rough XJae is a jewel in the rough XJae is a jewel in the rough XJae is a jewel in the rough XJae's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    NJ
    Posts
    108
    Classic KISS

    Re: WWII German Submarine U-550 located offshore Nantucket Island, Ma

    Awesome news. Congrats!

  6. #6
    RBW Member LOUDUDE is an unknown quantity at this point LOUDUDE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    NEW JERSEY
    Posts
    1

    Re: WWII German Submarine U-550 located offshore Nantucket Island, Ma

    Awesome job guys, Congrats to all involved!!!:hotdogslapme

  7. #7
    Dark, cold and wet. DwayneJ is a glorious beacon of light DwayneJ is a glorious beacon of light DwayneJ is a glorious beacon of light DwayneJ is a glorious beacon of light DwayneJ is a glorious beacon of light DwayneJ is a glorious beacon of light DwayneJ is a glorious beacon of light DwayneJ is a glorious beacon of light DwayneJ is a glorious beacon of light DwayneJ is a glorious beacon of light DwayneJ is a glorious beacon of light DwayneJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    1,460
    rEvo III Mini rMS

    rEvo III Standard hCCR

    Re: WWII German Submarine U-550 located offshore Nantucket Island, Ma

    Any idea of depth - Can be general?

    Dwayne

  8. #8
    ADM/RBW Staff John Rawlings has a spectacular aura about John Rawlings has a spectacular aura about John Rawlings has a spectacular aura about John Rawlings has a spectacular aura about John Rawlings has a spectacular aura about John Rawlings's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Pacific Northwest USA
    Posts
    210
    KISS CLASSIC

    Re: WWII German Submarine U-550 located offshore Nantucket Island, Ma

    Well done to the entire team!!!

  9. #9
    RBW Member timmywould is an unknown quantity at this point timmywould's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Sacramento, CA
    Posts
    1

    Re: WWII German Submarine U-550 located offshore Nantucket Island, Ma

    Fantastic find guys. I heard there were to to us years ago. Now this conferms it. Wow.

  10. #10
    RBW Member stuey will become famous soon enough stuey will become famous soon enough stuey will become famous soon enough stuey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Thailand
    Posts
    245
    Inspo, Evo, Poseidon

    Inspo classic, Meg, Deep

    Re: WWII German Submarine U-550 located offshore Nantucket Island, Ma

    Fantastic news guys, well done.

    Stuey

+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts