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A World War II-era German submarine lies at the bottom of the Potomac about one mile offshore from Piney Point. The U-1105 Black Panther surrendered to the British at the end of World War II and was selected by the U.S. Navy as a target for explosives testing. Sunk in 1949, the wreck was rediscovered in 1985. Designated in November 1994 as an historic shipwreck preserve, the 51-year old submarine is Maryland's first underwater diving preserve. The site is only for advanced divers experienced in low visibility environments. Collecting artifacts from the ship is prohibted. Black Panther Historic Shipwreck Preserve, St. Mary's County Dept. of Recreation and Parks, Governmental Center, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Telephone: 301-475-5621.