Monday, May 23, 2016

Diving on World War II Wrecks Off U.S. East Coast

From the October 4, 2014, Sanduskey (Ohio) Register "Marblehead native dives into historic wrecks" by Tom Jackson.

World War II was also fought off the United States coast.  Joe Hoyt, 32, is a government NOAA marine archaeologist exploring the war off the east coast.

Shortly after Pearl Harbor, German U-boats began prowling off our coast.  In the first six months of the war (for the U.S.), 1942, there were more than 50 Allied ships sunk.  Says Hoyt, "It was a bit like a shooting gallery for the Germans along the East Coast."

On April 14, 1942, the destroyer USS Roper became the first U.S. ship to sink a German U-boat in World War II.  It found the U-85 on the surface and sank it with cannon fire.

Hoyt is one of the speakers at "Shipwrecks and Subs," a none-day conference at Sawmill Creek.

Mr. Hoyt earned his degree from East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., noted for their underwater archaeology offerings.  He has also dove on the USS Monitor.

--GreGen

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