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Re: U-550 -- Is This a Good Description?????
Posted by: BHenderson ()
Date: July 29, 2012 01:47PM

U-550 was sunk in a known position a few thousand yards/meters from where she herself torpedoed the "Pan Pennsylvania". About a dozen survivors were rescued and placed in POW canps.
Would divers (or explorers with side-scan sonar or ROVs) going to U-550 correctly be called "finding U-550" or "going back to where everyone knew U-550 was"? I would be entirely happy with the phrase "divers establishing the exact location and condition of U-550". Sorry, I don't mean to be a curmudgeon or nitpicker here, but it seems that the word "found" should be reserved for something that was truly lost with nobody knowing where it was.

And while I am wearing my slightly skeptical (aye, even curmudgeonly) hat here, is there anyone else who is fully expecting the "U-boot" in the Canadian river to be actually a 1910's river coal barge that capsized and sank in a storm with a "streamlined" lower keel now uppermost, presenting a sonar outline that looks like a submarine??????

While I deeply respect the underwater work of divers like Innes McCartney and the scholarly research of people like Axel Niestle, I take a slightly dim view of "discoveries" that turn out to be nothing like that at all.

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Re: U-550 Found historynow11 07/28/2012 03:59PM
Re: U-550 Found Volker Erich Kummrow 07/29/2012 10:55AM
Re: U-550 -- Is This a Good Description????? BHenderson 07/29/2012 01:47PM
Re: U-550 -- Yes it is a good description Michael Lowrey 07/29/2012 03:50PM
Re: U-550 -- Yes it is a good description BHenderson 07/29/2012 05:17PM
Re: U-550 Found Volker Erich Kummrow 08/05/2012 04:36AM
Re: U-550 Found Paul Lawton 08/05/2012 05:26PM
Re: U-550 Found Eric-Jan Bakker 07/29/2012 10:15PM


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