Dunny Green presents Battle of the Atlantic, U-boat Sinkings 1939–1945
July 30, 2017, marks the 75th anniversary of the sinking of U-166 in the Gulf of Mexico just south of New Orleans. In 1942, U-166 torpedoed and sank the passenger freighter Robert E. Lee, which was on its way to the port of New Orleans. The escort vessel PC-566, which was radioing New Orleans for a pilot at the time of the attack, turned and sank U-166. From 1939 to 1945, 766 U-boats were sunk worldwide. Yearly charts of these sinkings show the progress of the war in the Atlantic and portray a snapshot of WWII history. In 2001, C&C Technologies discovered U-166 in the Gulf of Mexico during a deepwater pipeline survey, and in 2011, NAVOCEANO surveyed the U-166 site during an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) exercise. NAVOCEANO’S Electronic Still Camera (ESC) photos and side-scan imagery of the U-166 provide a visual connection to WWII history in the Gulf of Mexico.
Lunchbox Lectures are free and open to the public on every first and third Wednesday of the month. For more information call 504-528-1944 x 463.