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). Touch 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). Touch for a list and map 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 •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 1, 2011, by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,196 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 1, 2011, by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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