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Nautilus gives us a new look at WWII history

The S.S. Gulfpen was sunk in 1942 by U-506, a German U-boat. (Source: Ocean Exploration Trust) The S.S. Gulfpen was sunk in 1942 by U-506, a German U-boat. (Source: Ocean Exploration Trust)

The underwater exploration vessel Nautilus is giving us a new look at history. Despite being nearly a mile deep in the Gulf of Mexico, the vessel's technology shows photos as clear as day of a sunken passenger ship.

Dr. Robert Ballard and the Corps of Exploration are using the Nautilus to document the Robert E. Lee, an American ship sunk by U-166, a German U-boat, during World War II.

Ballard and his crew are using tethered, remotely piloted, mini-submarines to accomplish their task of photographing, videoing and mapping sunken ships for an upcoming National Geographic documentary that will air on PBS. The documentary deals with Operation Drumbeat, a Nazi initiative to attack Allied ships off of the coastal U.S. during WWII.

C&C Technologies Inc., a Lafayette-based company, also sent their own ROV to the U-166 location, as part of a federal study of the BP oil spill's impact on the wreckage and on marine life.

All of the information gathered by the exploration party is available to the public HERE.

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