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Underwater Archeology

  • Saturday, October 14, 2017
  • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Sunken Submarine U352 with diver

Sunken German submarine, the U-352, at NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Tane Casserly/NOAA.

“War on America’s Doorstep! U-boats Off the Mid-Atlantic Coast!”

We’re bringing North Carolina’s World War II history to life through science with two special engagements featuring a guest speaker from the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary. Join us in the Daily Planet Theater at 11:30am and 2:30pm for this special presentation.

More than any other place in the United States, North Carolina serves as a uniquely accessible underwater museum and memorial to WWII’s Battle of the Atlantic. Since 2008, NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary and partners have documented and surveyed this unique collection of WWII Allied and German vessels. NOAA’s goal is to protect these fragile historic resources for future generations, and to preserve the memory of the brave Allied service men and U.S. merchant mariners who fought to rid the world of tyranny. This presentation will discuss the danger posed by German U-boats during the Battle of the Atlantic along the Mid-Atlantic coast, their affect on Allied shipping, and the naval adaptations and convoy system that finally ended the U-boat threat. It will also focus on one particular U-boat, U-701, that represents both the sheer audacity of Germany’s aggression and the turning of the tide against the U-boats’ effectiveness. Finally, this presentation will demonstrate that winning the U-boat war here in North Carolina led directly to the Allies winning the war in Europe.

About Our Presenter

Tane Casserley, Research Coordinator and Maritime Archaeologist, NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary

Tane Casserley is a maritime archaeologist who specializes in 19th-century warships and deep-water archaeology. Casserley holds a graduate certificate in maritime archaeology from the University of Hawaii and a Master’s degree from the Program in Maritime Studies at East Carolina University. He has led NOAA archaeological expeditions in the Florida Keys, the Great Lakes, California, the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Alaska, and the USS Monitor. He dove with the National Park Service on a sunken B-29 in Lake Mead, and was most recently part of the ongoing research to document the maritime landscape of the WWII Battle of the Atlantic off the coast of North Carolina. Casserley’s projects have used technical diving, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), and manned submersibles. Casserley is a dive instructor and certified trimix and closed-circuit rebreather diver with the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI), as well as the Nautical Archaeology Society Senior Tutor for NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.

This presentation will be appropriate for ages 12 and up.


October 14, 2017
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm


SECU Daily Planet Theater

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121 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601 United States
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