The Story of U-166
The Gulf of Mexico's Lost U-Boat
October 6, 2004
U-166 Project final report is available
here (2.4MB PDF file):
Project Final Report
For nearly sixty years, the story of U-166, the only
German submarine lost in the Gulf of Mexico, was shrouded in mystery.
Although the boat was believed to have been sunk in shallow water near
shore, two generations of searchers failed to find the wreck. Over the
years, U-166 became a legend, and tales of the "lost U-boat" became part of
the lore of the Gulf Coast.
Then, in the summer of 2001, archaeologists with
C&C Technologies were working on a
survey for a seabed pipeline when they noticed that a wreck in the survey
area didn't fit the description of the vessel it had been identified as
years before. It seemed, however, be about the right size to be the missing
U-boat. Subsequent study of the wreck confirmed the archaeologists' theory
-- they'd found U-166, in deep water many miles from where the boat was
believed to have been sunk. In the process, they uncovered a remarkable and
almost-forgotten story of World War II in the Gulf of Mexico.
Now, in the fall of 2003, archaeologists will return
to U-166 to complete a full survey of the site, conduct a range of
scientific experiments, and conduct a live webcast from the wreck site at
the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. Click on the links at left to begin your
exploration of U-166 and her amazing story.
The U-166 Project staff extend their
thanks to the generous donors who've made this effort possible: