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75-year-old warship mystery solved at last

By T.K. Randall
July 22, 2019 · Comment icon 6 comments

The PE-56 was the only Eagle vessel lost during combat. Image Credit: US Navy
The wreck of the last US warship to be sunk off the east coast during WWII has finally been discovered.
When the USS Eagle PE-56 went down off the coast of Maine on April 23rd 1945 during routine exercises, it was initially believed that it had succumbed to an accidental boiler explosion.

It wasn't until researchers carried out a detailed analysis of historical evidence in 2001 that it was finally determined that the ship had in fact been hit by a German torpedo.

The exact whereabouts of the wreck however would end up remaining a mystery for 75 years.
Now though, following a four-year search, an eight-person dive team has finally managed to discover the Eagle's final resting place 300ft beneath the surface around 5 miles off the east coast.

It took two dozen dives for the team to conclusively confirm the identity of the vessel.

"As soon as we found the wreck we really wanted to get this story told," said dive team member Ryan King. "Not our story, the story of the Eagle. Our hope was just to put it on a map. To put it to rest."

Source: BBC News | Comments (6)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by South Alabam 4 years ago
Just 5 miles off the coast. Shows you how close the Germans came to stop our Naval forces.
Comment icon #2 Posted by susieice 4 years ago
Over a dozen were sunk by U-boats off the New Jersey shore and others were sunk further down.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Merc14 4 years ago
Google earth has a setting where you can see all of the known U-boat wrecks. They did a lot of damage but what a terrible toll they paid.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 4 years ago
Wow, I had a hard time finding this thread. It's supposed to be in Modern Mysteries but, anyway. MODS, Please move? I remember very well in the days before internet, a story of this incident appearing in the Boston Globe. And truth be told, the notion that this incident was a mystery is not at all true, not to the military. For starters, the Globe's account was that the incident took place off the coast of New Hampshire, not Maine. Between the coast of Massachusetts and the coast of Maine, there is an 18 mile stretch of New Hampshire coastline, which really narrows it down. Anyway... Further ... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by Merc14 4 years ago
Thanks EoT, that it was classified so long is a mystery! I would love to know the reasoning behind that decision.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 4 years ago
Any time. Merc, I think of this example when it is discussed about how the DoD can release information (TTSA tapes) of unknown UFOs/UAPs. And I really scratch my head as to how they can release explicit and detailed information on the UAPs when they don't even know (cough) who operates them. I just makes no sense, especially in view of seeing here, just how stingy the DoD is with information of such a trivial nature as this case.

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