U-352, Cape Lookout
Living proof of the German menace to the U.S. coastline during World War II, this German U-boat was sent to the sandy bottom off the Outer Banks in 1942. Lying in 115 feet of water, this 220-foot casualty of war has lost its exterior hull to rust, but the pressure hull is largely intact, as are the torpedo tubes and conning tower.
USS Huron, Nags Head
The shallow depth (about 20 feet) and pounding surf make this wreck somewhat mercurial — every dive is sure to be different. You can expect to see a healthy coating of coral on the iron hull, as well as cannon balls, the propeller and the rudder in the debris field.
U-85, Nags Head
Before sinking in 100 feet of water, this German sub was devastated by machine guns and depth charges fired by the warship USS Roper, making it the first U-boat to be downed in U.S. waters during World War II. Like the U-352, its exterior hull is gone but the pressure hull is still there, blanketed in soft corals.