DND checking ships off NL coast for old ammunition

According to the CBC, the Department of National Defence is planning to look for ammunition on two Second World War shipwrecks in eastern Newfoundland. The S.S. Saganaga and the S.S. P.L.M. 27 were torpedoed by German U-boats and sank in Conception Bay, off Bell Island, in 1942. DND wants to check the wrecks for unexploded shells or other munitions. Rick Stanley, who guides visiting divers in the area, said he’s already given federal officials some idea about what they’ll probably find. “There are some bullets left on, 303 bullets, and some projectiles. Just the projectiles, not in the casings. I guess they want to clean those up,” said Stanley, who runs the Ocean Quest Dive Centre in Conception Bay South.” Newfoundland WW2 trivia: After the sinkings, a German U-goats fired a torpedo that missed its mark and struck a landing pier on Bell Island, resulting in the only location in North America to be subject to direct attack by German forces during World War II.

Source: CBC

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