In the cold Irish sea, the wreck of the U-260 lies on the sandy bottom. The crew survived and reached the Irish coast in rubber dinghies.
History of the wreck
The German submarine U-260 was commissioned on 14.03.1942 after completion by the Vulkan shipyard Bremen Vegesack and sank a total of 8 enemy cruises in the North Atlantic. One sunk ship was recorded during this period.
Since 01.11.1944 it was under the 33rd U-flotilla Flensburg when it left Horten on 18.02.1945 under commander Oberleutnant zur See Klaus Becker with a total of 48 crew members: Operational area North Atlantic, around England and southern Ireland.
At 22:30 on March 12, 1945, the submarine ran into a mine at a depth of 80 meters and was damaged. After surfacing, all 48 crew members were evacuated when the commander abandoned the submarine and sank it himself.
The crew reached the Irish coast at Galley Head in inflatable boats and were interned.
The minefield originated from “HMS Apollo”, which apparently unlawfully laid this ground minefield in the Irish Sea.
Diving at the wreck
The wreck of the U-260 lies on a sandy, rocky bottom at a depth of 44 meters and is largely intact. The stern still has the onboard gun mounted and the propeller is also still in place. The steel plates of the turret have fallen off, exposing the conning tower. The best time to dive is 30 minutes after high or low tide when the current is at its lowest.
Torpedoes are still in the tubes and ammunition is lying around. Therefore, caution is advised.
Sources and links about the wreck.
- U-260 at divesitedirectory.co.uk (English)
- U-260 at Irishwrecksonline (English)
- U-260 on a private site (English)
- U-260 at aquaventures.ie (English)
- U-260 at uboat.net (English)
- U-260 at u-bootarchiv.de (with all enemy cruises)
- U-260 video at Google 1
- U-260 video at Google 2
- U-260Video at Google 3
- List of German Submarines at AHA-Express
- List of German U-Boats at U-Bootarchiv.de
- List of German U-Boats at All2know.com
- U-Boat Losses in WW2 by Robikusch (private)
|Wreck type:||Submarine VII C||Year built:||1942|
|min. Dive depth:||38 m||Loss date:||12.03.1945|
|max. dive depth:||44 m||Loss reason:||Sea mine|
|GPS data:||51. 29.09 N||Location Country:||Ireland|
|09.06,14 W||Location Region:||Cork|
|Dive Site:||Galley Head at ’78 rock’||Personally dived?||No|