I’m John Eilermann, and I’m an avid history buff. One period I find especially fascinating for so many reasons in World War II.
For this blog, I’ll be putting the spotlight on an underappreciated area of research on World War II – the shipwrecks. Here are a number of sunken ships from the war that are popular with divers everywhere.
The Thistlegorm can be found in the Red Sea. This armed British merchant ship sunk in the Red Sea in 1941. Today, it is home to a number of colorful marine life such as stonefish, scorpion fish, moray eel, batfish, and lion fish. The ship itself contains a number of artifacts, from motorcycles to airplane parts to trucks.
The USAT Liberty
Off the coast of Bali, Indonesia, divers can find the wreck of the USAT Liberty. This cargo ship was hit and ultimately sunk by torpedoes from Japanese submarines. Just like the other shipwrecks, the Liberty has over time become home to marine animal and plant life.
This German U-boat can be found off North Carolina, in what is commonly known as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic.” Not too many people know that German submarines reached this far during the War. Among the boats on this list, this is the one I, John Eilermann, find most intriguing simply because of the daring history behind it.