Researchers Just Found a Nazi Submarine off the Texas Coast
by Owen James Burke
While searching the Gulf of Mexico for US boats sunk by Nazi submarines during WWII, researchers came across this German U-boat, which was sunk by the Allies.
Dr. Robert Ballard, the ocean explorer who discovered the Titanic, has been searching the Gulf of Mexico for the last 10 days, looking at ships that were sunk by German U-boats. Among the graveyard of U.S. ships, however, they came across this lone Nazi submarine.
Shortly after Germany declared war on the U.S., German naval commanders sent 22 U-boats into the Gulf of Mexico. At least 50 U.S. vessels were sunk thereafter, one of which at the mouth of the Mississippi River. Meanwhile, the U.S. only sank one German U-boat.
Few Americans seem to realize how close the war came to America’s doorstep. This is something the U.S. government did not want its people to know. “They didn’t want us to know how Germany was taking us to task, how successful these U-boats were,” says shipwreck diver Richie Kohler.
A deck gun aboard the sub has met a fitting end, and is now encrusted with life.