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U-352 - Morehead City NC


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U-352 is a boat accessible salt water dive site, located in Morehead City, NC. This dive site has an average rating of 4.27 out of 5 from 63 scuba divers. The maximum depth is 111-120ft/34-37m. The average visibility is 91-100ft/28-30m.

Name: U-352
Type: Submarine (VII-C)
Built: Flensburger Schiffsbau
Keel Laid: 3/11/1940
Launched: 5/1/1941
Commissioned: 8/28/1941
Date Sunk: 5/9/42
Cause: Depth-charged by USCG Icarus and scuttled by crew
Size (ft.): 218 x 20 x 15
Tonnage: 1070 displacement tons fully loaded
Propulsion: Two diesel engines/two electric motors
Location N34° 13.682’/W76° 33.907’ or 34.21N, 76.35W

DIVING NOTES:
Diving Depths: 100-115 ft.
Visibility: Generally very good; range 50 to 100+ ft.
Current: Slight to moderate
Summer Temperature: high 70s to lo 80s
Points of Interest: Hey! It’s a U-Boat! What more needs to be said?
Fish/Animal Life: The usual array of NC marine life, with unusually smart grouper and small tropical fish.

This is the wreck that most of the people first come to North Carolina to dive. The wreck is small and intact and can be circumnavigated a couple of times during a normal dive. It is sitting on its keel, with a strong (45 degree?) list to the starboard side. Most of what you see on the bottom is the remains of the pressure hull. The U-boat’s outer casing has, for the most part, rusted away. For experienced NC divers, the biggest challenge of the U-352 is waiting for the boat captain to hook the wreck. It’s small size and rounded edges make it the one the captains love to hate. New NC divers, however, beware. For some reason, over the years, the U-352 has claimed more that its fair share of diving accidents and fatalities.

I recently returned to the U-352 after not diving it....at least in the daylight...for nearly a decade. Did two dives on it and had a unexpectedly good time each dive. The wreck has some classic "Kodak moments" and has an abundance of small to mid-size marine life. The starboard propeller has uncovered...something I certainly don’t remember from 10 years ago and the bow seems to have collapsed and twisted a bit more. A fun dive, but still gets a bit crowded for my tastes if you are diving more than a "6 pack" or another boat beats you to the site.

U-boat.net; uboat.net/boats/u352.htm

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Comments

JustAnthony - 9 days 22 hours ago.
Rating Added: 4
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MrAnthony - 4/11/2018 1:22 AM
Rating Added: 5
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Matt23712 - 2/10/2017 12:38 AM
Rating Added: 5
Fun
JMH115 - 8/28/2016 11:22 AM
I went scuba diving here on 8/13/2016. Average viz: 41-50ft/12-15m. Water temp: 76-80°F/24-27°C.
Impressive thing to dive WW2. Site
Aquadawnb - 9/18/2015 2:08 AM
Dove this August 2015. Great dive.
opelika294 - 8/14/2015 8:24 AM
I went scuba diving here on 8/10/2015. Average viz: 26-30ft/8-9m. Water temp: 76-80°F/24-27°C.
Great wreck to dive. It’s very small so you can see all of the wreck and lots of animals in a short period of time. Visibility is usualy better than it was when I was here.
bustem55 - 7/19/2015 7:22 AM
Rating Added: 4
Dove this on July 13th 2015. Great dive.
Atctech - 11/07/2013 7:45 PM
Rating Added: 4
Amazing wreck of World War II. Being able to dive war graves is an amazing expericance, especially being former military.
Matt736 - 8/31/2013 7:31 PM
Rating Added: 5
I liked it. It was what I expected.
strumy - 5/14/2013 6:43 PM
Rating Added: 5
Had a great time on this dive. The entire wreck was covered in fish and saw a giant sea turtle and 2 sunfish.
watergypsy - 4/18/2013 9:49 PM
Rating Added: 5

I love this dive! I did not get to explore it like I wanted because my buddy had computer malfunction and we had to abort dive, but we look forward to doing it again soon. There were so many fish that we could not even see the sub! Can’t wait to try it out again!
watergypsy - 4/18/2013 9:49 PM
Rating Added: 5
BTW, I just did this dive a week ago from this date
Avieightor - 4/07/2013 4:31 PM
Rating Added: 5
It took about six trips to NC before I finally got to dive the U-352! It was always the conditions aren’t right or the operator didn’t want to go there or there were new divers on the boat and it was too deep. . .
Adam0778 - 12/20/2012 11:18 AM
Rating Added: 4

Great Dive!

If you are a history lover and a diver, it is a must see. This boat is not a sunken vessel for the reef prograp. It is a true war vessal sunken by combat. Note, the U-352 was the first U-Boat sunk by allied forces during WWII. Pretty awesome that the average Joe can go see that.

Get there, it’s worth the trip. The sea is doing it’s work quickly, so don’t delay!
FastFord - 9/11/2012 10:23 PM
Rating Added: 4
As a former Navy Submariner, this was a little heavy for me...brothers...enemies but still brothers still in there. If you’re not qualified you wouldn’t understand.
kmasilamani - 12/31/2011 1:48 PM
Rating Added: 5

April 2011 -
Chartered a boat with Discovery Dive Center, My son and I, along with a dive
master , took this historical dive to the Uboat. Although we dove with AIR and
our bottom time was limited, it was an unforgettable experience! Would love to
do it again.