Photos/Wikipedia There’s a German U-boat about 7 miles off Rhode Island’s Block Island, in about 130’ of water. Bill Palmer, chomping on an unlit cigar, will tell you it’s a time machine.

Palmer, a former Army paratrooper and retired youth athletics coach, has made dozens of dives to the wreck of the U-853 and hauled up watches, uniforms, a harmonica, submarine components and even a pistol, now displayed in his basement.

“These were kids that gave their lives for their country as we gave ours,” Palmer said. “This is the end result of war. It’s a grave. I’ll sit out there on my boat, right on top of it, and people sail by and wave, and I just wonder if they know this thing is down there.”

Read more about the WW II submarine off Block Island.

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