Battle of the Atlantic Expedition
Archaeology of an Underwater WWII Battlefield
How can archaeologists chart a World War II battlefield resting 700 feet down on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean? Maritime archaeologists from Monitor National Marine Sanctuary recently teamed up with the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Project Baseline, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the UNC Coastal Studies Institute and SRI International to use manned submersibles to survey shipwrecks from a World War II battlefield off the coast of North Carolina. Check out what they found in our video!
Battle of the Atlantic: Archaeology of an Underwater WWII Battlefield (use trajan pro font for this text only)
Marine archaeologists recently explored the remnants of a historic World War II battle
off the coast of North Carolina.
During a battle on July 15, 1942
German U-boat U-576
and Allied freighter SS Bluefields
were lost to history.
Using sonar imaging, maritime archaeologists from Monitor National Marine Sanctuary located these wrecks
35 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras.
Now, using manned submersibles, maritime archaeologists are collecting data to visualize this underwater battlefield.
This study will provide data to tell an incredible story of this World War II battlefield.
Learn more about the expedition