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U767 German Uboat discovered / English Channel 19th July 2002

Underwater Image Gallery of U767 July 2002
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These photographs express the wreck of U767 as she appears today lying at a depth
of 250ft/75m at the bottom of the English Channel when she was discovered in July
2002. Extensive video was carried out although conditions for stills photography was
poor. I am in debt to Kevin Pickering for capturing some of these images from his video.

Pioneering UK mixed gas diver Jamie Powel examines the open hatch
where during WWII a single man escaped and survived the sinking
of U767. Today the wreck lies in the English Channel at a depth of 250ft.
© Leigh Bishop 2002 First appeared in Diver Magazine May edition 2003

Above; A direct view looking down onto the conning tower of
U767, sunk English Channel June 1944. © Leigh Bishop 2002.

The propeller of 767 intact and fixed into position 58 years after sinking in June 1944. To the left of the image is the rudder also still intact. This frame was shot from the starboard side of the wreck directly where we began our exploration of the wreck.
767 was practically a can of worms, this image indicates the amount of marine life that now inhabit the wreck. This image is looking down an open hatch aft of the conning tower. To the top right of the image is a section of trawl net wrapped around the hatch cover.
DeepImage author and stills photographer Leigh Bishop swims over the deck of U767 58 years after she was lost. The video here is now picking up ambient light images with the aperture burning wide open. Depth to the wreck is 250ft. The wreck takes on a list to port some 70 degrees and is completely intact.
The divers discovered this hatch open aft of the conning tower. Quite possibly this is in fact the Hatch upon where a single crew man escaped using Drager breathing apparatus from a depth of 250ft. It was noted by commanders in charge of the depth charging that his escape from 40 fathoms between attacks made him a rather precious commodity.
Another shot of U767s method of propulsion as we can see the actual prop and shaft itself as viewed from the port side off the wreck on the seabed at 250ft depth.
Divers of the Starfish Enterprise deep wreck diving team investigate the conning tower of U767. We are certain that the team to date are the only divers to have investigated the wreck. The diver to the right of the image shines his torch upon another open hatch above this time the conning tower itself. An indication of quite possibly two things, 1; The vessel was caught out on the surface and made an emergency ascent and 2; which is most probably as historic records indicate she was followed underwater for some distance, that an escape attempt was made by other crew members at depth.


With the conning tower in the far distance as we look along the length of the wreck we can also see more marine life around the wreck. The divers HID lights can clearly be seen behind.

Starfish Enterprise divers using Megladon rebreather's to explore the U767 at the bottom of the English Channel. The divers make their way to the bow section of the wreck where here in this image the anchor can clearly be seen.
© Leigh Bishop 2002.


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