What you will see
Restrictions, Sandy bottom, Sea Life, Wreck
U Boat - 1277 is a WWII shipwreck. She was a German submarine Type VIIC/41
from Kriegsmarine. She was constructed on the shipyard of Bremer Vulkan-Vegesacker Werft, Bremen-Vegesack and launched on 3rd May 1944, but only in August was commissioned. She was placed in 8 flotilla in Danzig as Instruction submarine. In February she was transferred to the 11 flotilla in Bergen where she set sail in April. On her active duty, she only made one Patrol and no ships were sunk or damaged on service. On 3rd June 1945, she was scuttled by her crew to avoid the capture of the submarine by the Allies. The crew who disembarked from the boat in rubber dinghies landed on the beach at Angeiras, Oporto, Portugal, but the last ones, who stayed aboard to maneuver the U-1277 were collected by the lifeguard Carvalho Araújo and gone to Leixões.Then the Portuguese authorities handed over the crew to a British warship in Lisbon.
The wreck of U boat -1277 is located in a North-West direction from Oporto, 2 miles offshore way, laying at a depth of 31mts.
This dive site is only for experienced divers, as advanced level or more is required because normally the visibility is poor, 5mts or less. There are also some fishermen ghost nets that can appear putting in danger the divers. However, it is a dive full lot of sea life. Like a little "oasis" in the sand for sea life.
he hull of the ship is covered with small white anemones (Sargatia elegans), the pout in the thousands, the congres are the largest that can be found in these waters, the huge and curious octopuses, the fantastic lobsters and the wonderful pink anemone community. The North Sea are some of the natural attractions of this wreck. Sometimes we have unexpected encounters with some life that is not very common in these places like rooster or sunfish. In the tower is only the pressure hull, consisting of welded metal plates approximately 22mm thick, the combat periscope still with the shining stainless steel and the hatch without cover.
Despite its deteriorating state, the U-1277 submarine is still one of the main points of interest in sport diving in Portugal and the best in the north of the country.
--Spot description by Luis Mota