Hunting New England Shipwrecks


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 U-boats in port
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The table below provides historical and statistical data on the vessel. Some of the information may be incomplete. If you have additions or corrections, please e-mail us at the address listed below.

Shipwreck Data

Vessel Name U-215
Other Names  
Vessel Type German Submarine (Type VII-D)
Owner German Navy
Length / Beam / Draft (feet) 252' / 21' / 16'
Hull Construction Steel
Propulsion Diesel / Electric / Screw
Built 1941 at Keil, Germany
Date of Loss July 3, 1942
Reason for Loss Depth charged by the armed British trawler Le Tigre after sinking the American freighter Alexander Macomb.
Fatalities 48 (all hands)
Location 200 miles east of Boston, MA (on Georges Bank), near the wreck of the Alexander Macomb. The wreck is located in Canadian territorial waters.
Coordinates (Lat/Lon) 41.48N / 66.38W (per U-boat.net)
Coordinates (Loran C)  
Water Depth (feet) 270'
Typical Visibility (feet)  
Wreck Condition  
Diving Considerations  
Other Information The U-215 was on a mission to lay mines in Boston Harbor. About 200 miles east of Boston, it encountered a convoy headed for Murmansk, Russia, via Halifax. The convoy was being escorted by several British and American warships. The U-215 torpedoed and sank the American freighter (Liberty ship) Alexander Macomb, then was depth charged and destroyed by the British ship Le Tigre. The exact locations of the U-215 and Macomb wrecks were unknown for many years. Then in the summer of 2004, the wrecks were located by a Canadian team of researchers. For more information on the discovery of these wrecks, see CBC News report

For more information on the Macomb, see our Alexander Macomb data page. For more information on U-boats in New England waters, see our page called U-Boat Facts and Legends.

Attention Divers
The information on this page was obtained from a variety of sources. Although we have attempted to make it as accurate as possible, it may contain errors.  For your personal safety, use extreme caution when diving on this wreck.

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