The German Submarine U1277

Matosinhos
Description
At the coast about 30 meters deep lies a sunken German submarine of World War II, the U1277. On 3th of June 1945, almost a month after Germany capitulation, the crew of the war vessel decided to open its valves and sink the submarine in Portuguese waters. This would prevent the vessel from falling into Allies' hands as well as returning to its home harbor, at the time taken by the Soviet army.
The crew surrendered at the Angeiras Maritime Police headquarters and was imprisoned at S. João da Foz Fort before being handed over to the British. The U1277, built at the Bremen shipyards and launched on the 18th of March 1944, today provides shelter for a rich sea fauna and flora, and is considered one of the main underwater diving sites in this coast.
The visits to the submarine are organized by Submania Diving School.
Rua do Carriçal 143 R/C - 4460-273 Senhora da Hora
GPS: Lat. 41.18547317 / Long. -8.65687662


Location: Matosinhos
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