I am an avid reader of Chesapeake Bay Magazine, so avid, in fact, that I usually read it with my Bay chartbook spread open to help me follow the stories. In doing so, I recently noticed a note on my Potomac River chart that read "Black Panther U-Boat 1105." This piqued my interest, which was soon fired again by a CBM reference to the sunken U-boat as a dive site [see "Northern Neck Getaway," Channel 9, March 2006].
If you know how the heck that submarine got there, this inquiring mind would certainly love to know.
Editor’s Note: We have in fact mentioned the "Black Panther" a few times in the magazine. She was one of 10 synthetic-rubber-clad (for radar evasion) submarines built by the Germans during World War II and was surrendered to the Allies in the North Sea at the end of the war. She was turned over to the U.S. for testing and in 1949 was sunk off Piney Point in an explosives test (it’s not clear whether the sinking was intentional or not) – and then literally forgotten for nearly 40 years. She was rediscovered in 1985 and eventually designated a "historic dive preserve," the first such site in Maryland.