Taking measurements of U701 off Cape Hatteras. U701 is one of four German U-boats identified in North Carolina waters. NOAA image.
Taking measurements of U701 off Cape Hatteras. U701 is one of four German U-boats identified in North Carolina waters. NOAA image.

The Outer Banks and North Carolina were on the front lines of WWII. The horror of war to the merchant ships and people living along the coast were very real as Nazi U-boats savaged allied shipping in 1942 and 1943.

Topic of the Lecture – Coastal Studies Institute

The Coastal Studies Institute, through their marine archeology studies, has been in the forefront of ongoing research into the what happened off our coast during WWII. This Thursday, February 21, the CSI monthly Science on the Sound lecture from the Coastal Studies Institute will focus on what happened off the state’s coast during the Battle for of the Atlantic.

The lecture, titled “War Offshore! Honoring and Protecting a WWII Battlefield off the Carolina Coast” will include information about the recently discovered wreck of U571 off Cape Hatters. During the most horrific period of attacks, U-boats were sinking almost a ship per day. Over time the allied strategy of air patrols and armed convoys turned the tide as the Nazi war machine was unable to replace submarines lost to allied attackes. Joe Hoyt, acting National Maritime Heritage Coordinator and Maritime Archaeologist at NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, will present the information. Many of the vessels that sank during that terrifying period of time are in the National Monitor Marine Sanctuary or in areas proposed to be included if the sanctuary expands.

The Science on the Sound Series of lectures are held at 6:00 p.m. the third Thursday of every month, September through May. Lectures are free and are held at the Coastal Studies Institute on Roanoke Island.

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