Lewes in Sussex County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
German Submarine at Cape Henlopen
The Surrender of U-858
The Delaware River provides access to some of the East Coast's busiest ports, and was considered vulnerable to enemy attack. Because of its location, Fort Miles was a vital part of the defense of the river throughout the war. Even though U-858 never took part in combat, German U-boats sank 400 vessels in East Coast waters during the war.
Location. 38° 47.167′ N, 75° 6.09′ W. Marker is in Lewes, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 9 near Coastal Highway (State Route 1). Click for map. Marker located near the fishing pier within Cape Henlopen State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Lewes DE 19958, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Quarantine Station (here, next to this marker); Delaware Breakwater Quarantine Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Standing Guard The Ever Changing Cape Henlopen (approx. 0.8 miles away); Delaware’s Beachnesters (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Osprey (approx. 0.8 miles away); Delaware Breakwater East End Lighthouse (approx. 0.9 miles away); Breakwaters (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lewes.
Also see . . .
1. The U-858 and Fort Miles. From the Images of America series Fort Miles by Lee Jennings and Gary Wray. (Submitted on January 3, 2011.)
2. A Series of Photos of the Surrender of U-858. (Submitted on January 3, 2011.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles • War, World II •
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