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Keel Laying - Sinking
Abbott Collection of Submarine Paintings of the Dorado
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|304k||Google Earth satellite photo of the site and surrounding islands of Dorado's (SS-248) last known position (based on reports from the flight crew of the plane that bombed her, thinking she was a U-Boat) was 15 18'N, 073 13'W.(More or less near the letter a of the Caribbean Sea on the map)|
After the war the U-boat logs were turned over to the Allies and translated into English. The U-boat that was attacked by the same aircrew was the aircrew's second attack but the U-Boat's first. The U-boat log says that they saw a bright light on the horizon at exactly the same time that the PBM dropped a flare after bombing another sub - Dorado. Now, where Dorado sank is another problem as there were no oil slicks or debris found at the location. The oil slick they thought they found turned out to be "oleous in nature" - rotting vegetation (seaweed) as discussed in the Court of Inquiry. But her datum is right in the middle of the Caribbean, having passed through Mona Passage and was supposed to be on a course of 243 degrees taking her directly to the Panama Canal.
|View courtesy of Google Earth. Text courtesy of Douglas E. Campbell, Ph.D. President & CEO Syneca Research Group, Inc. & ussdorado.com.|
|304k||A view of the Dorado (SS-248) at a fitting-out pier where technicians install interior equipment.
Note the ship's bell.
PDF on the Summer 2007 expedition on the search for the Dorado (SS-248).
|Photo from the Photo Essay How To Build A Submarine at Electric Boat Co. New London, Conn.
Photographer: Bernard Hoffman, courtesy of Life.
PDF courtesy of Dr. Douglas Camp.
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