Hunting New England Shipwrecks
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World War II U-boat
surfaced in rough seas
New York Times report
on sinking of U-853
Back of dinner plate
(photo by author)
Diver by torpedo
loading hatch on U-853
(Jim Lee deepscape.com)
U-853 surfaced in port
Grave of an unknown German sailor - Newport, RI
(John Stanford photo)
For more information on U-boats, see the uboats.net Web site and our photo gallery called Submarines.
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||1942 at Bremen, Germany|
|Date of Loss||May 5, 1945|
|Reason for Loss||Depth charged by U. S. Navy|
|Fatalities||Approximately 60 (all hands)|
|Location||7 miles east of Clay Head, Block Island, RI|
|Coordinates (Lat/Lon)||41-13-48 N / 71-24-12 W|
|Coordinates (Loran C)|
|Water Depth (feet)||130'|
|Typical Visibility (feet)||10 - 40'|
|Wreck Condition||Mostly intact and upright|
|Other Information||For more information on the U-853, see the U.S. Coast Guard's U-853 data page. And for more information on U-boats in New England waters, see our page called U-Boat Facts and Legends.|
Attention Divers The information on this page was obtained from a variety of sources. Although we have attempted to make it as accurate as possible, it may contain errors. For your personal safety, use extreme caution when diving on this wreck.
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