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#1 namvet

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Posted 10 October 2011 - 09:44 PM

World War II shipwrecks off North Carolina and Civil War shipwrecks in Virginia are being analyzed with sonar technology so sophisticated that the public could one day view near photographic images in detail even better than diving at some of the sites could provide.


On July 14, 1942, a merchant convoy of 19 ships and five military escorts left the Hampton Roads area of Virginia en route to Key West, Fla., to deliver cargo to aid the war effort. A German submarine attacked Convoy KS-520 the next day off Cape Hatteras, and the U-boat was sunk by depth charges dropped by U.S. Navy aircraft.


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I think what their talking about here are the wrecks from operation drumbeat. also civil war wrecks

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xp3O3gUV8_U

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIoXWO49DGM
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Posted 13 October 2011 - 07:45 PM

Halifax Nova Scotia was the departure point of convoys heading to Europe in both world wars , it can be a treacherous harbor to enter and leave. Along with German submarines there are rocky shoals , and blinding fog which seems to come from nowhere and with the increased wartime traffic there has been several shipwrecks here are a few I,ve dove on...
1: SS A.W Perry -Wrecked at the enterance of Halifax Harbour 1915
2: HMHS Letitia- Hospital Ship, Wrecked, Halifax Harbour, 1917
3: SS Deliverance- Sunk in Collision Halifax Harbour 1917
4: SS Claire Lilley - Ammunition Ship wrecked Black Rock Halifax Harbour 1942
5: SS City Of Vienna - Sunk 3 Sisters Sholl, off Halifax, 1918
6: SS Sonja Maersk- Wercked Ketch Head, Near Halifax 1942
7: Russian Steam Ship Kolkhoznik - Wrecked off Halifax 1942
8: Tanker British Freedom- Torpedeoed leaving Halifax 1945
9: Liberty Ship Martin Van Buren- Torpedeoed, in the same convoy, 1945
10: Steamer Odysseus- Wrecked attempting to enter Halifax Harbour, in the same attack, 1945
These are a few of the larger wreck sites in Halifax due to war time.

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 08:33 PM

2 more have been found off the cost of Ireland. one from WW1 and the other WW2. both carrying large fortunes. $18 Million Of Silver Found On SS Mantola Shipwreck In North Atlantic, Off Coast Of Ireland

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the other was the SS Gairsoppa. It was sunk by U-101, early in 1941 during WWII. the records were found from this Uboat which gave the exact position of the sinking. the wreck is reported worth $200 million. about 240 tons of silver. the richest find so far

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tl3EKfj13Xg

both wrecks are in the same general vicinity
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Posted 14 October 2011 - 12:38 AM

Nice wreck, it must be down quite deep, the shallow ones are usually pretty broken up. Once we were searching for a wrecksite on a shallow shoal near the harbor enterance a couple of days after a nasty storm, the sea was still rather rough and when it rolled over the shoal there was quite a surge so we were tossed back and forth like we were in a blender. We aborted the dive after a short while , it was a waste of time trying to find anything in those conditions, there's no wonder wartime wrecks in shallow water are so flat ...




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