Search launched for historic ship that vanished off Florida after 1942 U-boat strike

The sinking of the SS Norlindo has all the elements of a good mystery, including World War II intrigue, prowling German U-boats and a handful of crewmen who were never seen again.

It has been 79 years since Germany’s U-507 torpedoed the unarmed steamship and its whereabouts remain a puzzle.

That could change in the next two weeks, however.

A team of international scientists — including two from the University of Southern Mississippi — set sail last week on a mission to find the Norlindo.

The expedition is backed by NOAA Ocean Exploration and will focus on 36 square nautical miles off the Dry Tortugas, a group of islands about 60 miles west of the Florida Keys.

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