Co. Londonderry Wreck List
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Vessel Type:

U-Boat

Location:Co. Londonderry
Date of Loss:22nd March 1945Place:Portstewart
Cause of Loss:Underwater collisionBoat Dive from:Portstewart
Charted Depth:68mIrish O.S. Map:Discovery Series No. 4
Height of Wreck:3mAdmiralty Chart No:49 / 2798
Hull Material:SteelLatitude (GPS):55 17 892 North
Type of Seabed:Sand & rocksLongitude (GPS):06 44 589 West
Average Visibility:10 - 15mDiving Experience:Very experienced
No image listed.
 
Diving Information:
  • Lies 7 miles North of Portstewart.
  • Conning tower blown.
  • Dive 6.30 hours before High Water Belfast.
  • Warning!! Has torpedoes on board.
 
Historical Information:
  • A Type 7C class, she was on her maiden voyage.
  • Rammed by Frigate "New Glasgow" on 20th March 1945.
  • Collision severed the schnorkel and damaged the periscope.
  • Water entered the conning tower via the schnorkel tube.
  • With the lower hatch sealed she lay on the bottom until depth charges forced her to the surface.
  • She dived again but the pumps were draining the batteries so her commander LT. Strubling had no choice but to abandon the U-boat on the night of the 22nd. just after midnight.
 

Source Publications:

"Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast 932 - 1997"
byEdward J. Bourke
Edward J. Bourke 1998 - ISBN: 0952302713
 
Other Sources:
Norman Woods
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December 2001
Co. Londonderry Wreck List

Last update - 13-Dec-2001

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