Historic Markers Across Florida

The Sanborn Wall

Marker ID:  
Location: 350 S Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton, FL
County: Palm Beach
Coordinates: N 26° 20.81    W 080° 4.251
  26.34683333    -80.07085
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


The Sanborn Wall

On this spot in June 1942, spies from German U-boats landed and occupied Dr. William Sanford's home built on this site in 1937. The subs, deployed during WWII as part of Hitler's Operation Drumbeat, torpedoed tankers and freighters traveling the east coast shipping lane carrying vital supplies to the U.S. and England. The Germans sank a total of 397 ships and killed 5,000 people. Twenty-four ships were sunk off the coast of Florida, 18 between Cape Canaveral and Boca Raton.

City of Boca Raton.