September 2, 2012

Virginian-Pilot: Divers off N.C. coast go on a high-tech ghost hunt

By Erin James 
The Virginian-Pilot 
August 11, 2011 

OCRACOKE ISLAND, N.C. To divers, it looks like a gigantic knife embedded in sand on the ocean floor, dulled and corroded by decades gone by. 

The submarine's aptitude for intimidation, including the machine gun still perched on its bow, remains intact nearly 70 years after it sank 10 miles from the Outer Banks coastline. The bodies of seven men are believed to be inside... 

In recent weeks, researchers have gotten a new look at U-701 and other World War II vessels sunk during the Battle of the Atlantic. 

Now in its fourth year, an expedition led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is trying to document and photograph the dozens of warships that disappeared below the surface... 

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