Two World War II vessels that sunk within moments of each other 72 years ago have been rediscovered on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean, resting only a few hundred yards apart.
The Allied merchant freighter Bluefields and the German U-boat U-576 went down on July 15, 1942, part of the larger Battle of the Atlantic that raged throughout the war. The shipwrecks were found by a team of researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
“We have discovered an important battle site that is part of the Battle of the Atlantic,” Joe Hoyt, a NOAA sanctuary scientist and chief scientist for the expedition, said in a statement. “These two ships rest only a few hundred yards apart and together help us interpret and share their forgotten stories.”