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U-550 surfaced while
Pan Pennsylvania burned
(U.S. Navy photo)
U-532 - Another
Type IX-C boat
U-550 wreck location map
U-550 sonar image - 2012
(Brad Sheard's press release)
The table below provides historical and statistical data on the vessel. Some of the information may be incomplete. If you have additions or corrections, please e-mail us at the address listed below.
|Vessel Type||German submarine (Type IX-C)|
|Length / Beam / Draft (feet)||232' / 22' / 15'|
|Propulsion||Diesel / Electric / Screw|
|Built||1943 at Hamburg, Germany (Deutsche Werft AG)|
|Date of Loss||April 16, 1944|
|Reason for Loss||Depth charges and gunfire from American destroyer escorts, following the U-550's torpedo attack on the American tanker Pan Pennsylvania, which was lagging behind its wartime convoy.|
|Fatalities||44 (12 survivors)|
70 miles south of Nantucket Island (MA), near the wreck of the Pan
Pennsylvania. The U-550 wreck was located by divers in 2012. For more information on the U-550, see the U.S. Coast
data page .
Brad Sheard's press release
Daily Mail page http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2180845/German-U-boat-coast-Massachusetts-68-years-sunk-U-S-Navy.html
Garry Kozak's site
|Coordinates (Lat/Lon)||40.09N / 69.44W (per U.S. Coast Guard records)|
|Coordinates (Loran C)|
|Water Depth (feet)||Approximately 300'|
|Typical Visibility (feet)|
|Wreck Condition||Upright and mostly intact|
|Diving Considerations||A very deep dive - for experienced tech divers only|
|Other Information||Immediately after the U-550 torpedoed the Pan Pennsylvania, the destroyer escorts USS Joyce, USS Peterson and USS Gandy, which were accompanying the convoy, hunted down and depth charged the sub. Following the depth charge attack, the wounded sub surfaced, engaged in a brief gun battle, then sank to the ocean floor.|
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