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53 Hitler that somehow survived four decades under the ocean. Mounted on the shop’s back deck, overlooking Harbor Channel, is a 20mm machine gun retrieved from the wreck. Divers are no longer allowed to take artifacts from the U-352 after the passage of the Sunken Military Craft Act. The law protects all military shipwrecks and the remains of military personnel located within 24 nautical miles (27.6 miles) of the U.S. coast. The law also protects U.S. craft in foreign waters. Leonard, the charter boat captain, says the law reflects a shift in mentality among the diving community. “When I first started diving in the ‘70s, everybody got on the boat with crow bars and hammers to pull artifacts from wrecks,” he says. “Now, they just bring cameras. Divers these days want to kill only time, take only pictures, and leave only bubbles.” The wreck lies about a two-hour boat ride from the main-land. There among the purple sea fans, yellow striped grunts and spotted moray eels that now inhabit the vessel, divers witness how nature has turned something tragic into some-thing Helping families preserve tHeir wealtH, one family at a time. Lisa Salines-Mondello, LL.M in Taxation, CELA* VA Accredited Attorney Areas of Practice include: • Tax, Estate and Elder Law Planning • Business Succession • Special Needs Planning and Trusts • Medicaid & Asset Protection Planning • Guardianship • Veteran’s Planning • Estate Planning for Second Marriages • Tax & Estate Planning * Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation www.wrightsvillebeachmagazine.com WBM beautiful. The Offices at Mayfaire II 6781 Parker Farm Drive, Suite 210, Wilmington, N.C. 28405 910-686-6848 • www.lisa-law.com PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF NICOLE COLEMAN


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