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This is sort of an “open letter” to U-boat aficionados.  As I talk to each of you at one time or another, and usually cover the same ground, I thought this would be the best way to more or less keep the information flowing.

As you know, I’ve been doing nothing but researching U-boats for the last eight months on a full time basis, and usually more than full time!  It’s finished…… I have the date of manufacture, and final resting place for EVERY U-boat from U-1 on up to U-6351….right down to the lat/long chart positions.  Of course, there are quite a few that remain a mystery as you know.  In addition to the German U-boats, I also have the stats on several Italian subs, half a dozen American subs off the U.S. Coast, and some oddball subs the Germans captured and used.  And there are some 232 U-boats scuttled more or less intact – they include 22 Type II, 78 Type VII, 26 Type IX, 1 Type X, 2 Type XVII, 85 Type XXI, 27 Type XXIII, 8 Italian, and 7 miscellaneous types.

And of course, there is that as yet undiscovered (by the general public) that U-boat I have located in the Bahamas.  From all indications, she appears to be a Type X-B transport U-boat and by process of deduction, I think I have a fair idea of which one.  We are trying at present to obtain historical data on the U-boat I suspect, covering from where she set out from, what her mission was, what was carried on board.  We are trying to gather financial support for an exploratory dive on the boat to determine what type she really is, where the damage to the hull is so we might raise her, and what is entailed in returning later to enter the boat.  Anyone with suggestions pertaining to obtaining funding, please let us know.

And we are planning trip to the island I found in the Bahamas that was supplying U-boats with fresh water and food for a while.  We plan to cover part of the island where the Germans had their headquarters with metal detectors, looking for any relics they might have left behind.  Care to go along?  We are looking for adventurers to participate.

Any suggestions on any of the above would be welcome.  Comments and suggestions likewise, this newsletter should become a clearing-house for the U-boat researcher.

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