Spring Lecture Series: Echoes from the Deep - Investigating an American WWII Naval Battlefield

The Mariners' Museum and Park
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606
United States 100 Museum Drive Newport News 23606


  • Adult and Child tickets: $$5
  • Free for Members: $$0

This past August, our friends at NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary launched an expedition to explore the deep water shipwreck sites of the German U-576 and the freighter Bluefields off the coast of North Carolina. Discovered by NOAA in 2014, the shipwrecks represent the only WWII battlefield off the U.S. East Coast where the aggressor and its casualty, from the same engagement, lie nearly side by side on the seafloor. Using two small submersibles, the NOAA team acquired exciting new images of the sites using laser scanners, multi-beam sonar, and photogrammetry to create models of the shipwrecks and virtually raise them from the seafloor. The virtual models will now help NOAA share this history with the public and shed light on a little known chapter of WWII. While NOAA archaeologists documented the sites, marine biologists studied the habitat of the natural resources on the shipwrecks and the surrounding area.