After a 7-year search, a missing German U-boat is lost no longer
From the website of The Washington Post
by Michael E. Ruane
August 31, 2016
The sonar “target” first appears as a green and yellow streak on Randy Holt’s computer screen. Up ahead, nothing can yet be seen through the dark water 700 feet below the ocean surface.
Holt’s submersible, Nomad, glides over the sandy bottom, fighting the current and searching. With each sonar sweep, the image grows more distinct on the screen. “Very good,” Holt says. “We’re real close to this thing.”
Then he spots something outside and switches off the lights: “See the shadow?” A large black silhouette emerges from the gloom. “Yeah,” Holt says. “This is our U-boat.”
It’s the German submarine U-576, resting on its side, right where it sank in 1942.
Here’s what NOAA scientists found on their expedition to sunken German submarine U-576 off of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. (Claritza Jimenez/The Washington Post)