The wreck is a very intact VIIC, which under normal circumstances would be difficult to tell from any other VIICs sunk during Operation Deadlight. However, it had one feature, which makes it very special indeed – a ring-float schnorchel head. U637 was photographed with one prior to being disposed of.
All other features of this wreck, were as per normal late-war VIIC. Life raft canisters on bows.
As to the real identity of the one we dived on DAY 8 – We suggested it was U637, because of its proximity to the sinking position of this U-boat – we were wrong – Our Deadlight photo album proves this. So the nearest type VIIs are U281 and U 1010. The presence of the 88mm gun mounting suggests that U281 is a possibility. However, we are learning that the positional information from official reports of Operation Deadlight is far from accurate. In fact, much of it seems, by today’s standards to be highly unreliable.
Much more work is required to guarantee the identities which we have tentatively given to some of the U-boats we have dived. The one we dived on DAY 7 – is now thought to be U778, thanks to Axel Niestlé’s continued assistance.
An interesting day, with at least one mystery surrounding the identities of these submarine wrecks definitely cleared up.
Very rare to see a gun mount still attached. This one was the base of the 37mm flak gun (Innes McCartney).
Completely intact stern (Innes McCartney).
Dr. Innes McCartney – Nautical Archaeologist, Naval Historian and 26 years a Wreck Diver.