Vintage: The sinking and raising of U-Boat 110 (1918)

Vintage: The sinking and raising of U-Boat 110 (1918)


This collection is taken from an album of photographs found in the Swan Hunter shipbuilders collection at Tyne & Wear Archives. The album is from 1918 and documents the U.B. 110 before she was scrapped on the dry docks of Swan Hunter Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend.

The twin-screw German submarine U.B. 110 was built by Blohm & Voss, Hamburg. On the 19th July 1918, when attacking a convoy of merchant ships near Hartlepool, she herself was attacked by H.M. Motor-Launch No. 263 and suffered from depth charges. Coming to the surface she was rammed by H.M.S. Garry, a torpedo boat destroyer, and sunk.

In September she was salvaged and placed in the admiralty dock off Jarrow slake. She was then berthed at Swan Hunter’s dry docks department with an order to restore her as a fighting unit.  The Armistice on 11th November 1918 caused work on her to be stopped. She was towed on the 19th December 1918 from Wallsend to the Northumberland Dock at Howdon and was subsequently sold as scrap.

The album of photographs, taken by Frank & Sons of South Shields, documents the U.B. 110 in extensive detail. The photographs provide a rare glimpse into the mechanics and atmosphere of the raised German submarine.

This photograph shows the U-Boat 110, a German submarine that was sunk and risen in 1918. This photograph shows the Submarine's Four bow Torpedo Tubes & hydroplane on the port side.

This photograph shows the U-Boat 110, a German submarine that was sunk and risen in 1918. This photograph shows the Submarine’s Four bow Torpedo Tubes & hydroplane on the port side. Photo: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

This photographs shows the U-Boat 110, a German Submarine that was sunk and risen in 1918. This photographs shows a forward view of its four Torpedo Tubes.

This photographs shows the U-Boat 110, a German Submarine that was sunk and risen in 1918. This photographs shows a forward view of its four Torpedo Tubes. Photo: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

This photograph shows the U-Boat 110, a German Submarine that was sunk and risen in 1918. This photograph shows the Submarine's forward Torpedo room.

This photograph shows the U-Boat 110, a German Submarine that was sunk and risen in 1918. This photograph shows the Submarine’s forward Torpedo room. Photo: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

This photograph shows the U-Boat 110, a German Submarine that was sunk and risen in 1918. This photograph shows the a general view of the Submarine.

This photograph shows the U-Boat 110, a German Submarine that was sunk and risen in 1918. This photograph shows the a general view of the Submarine. Photo: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

This photograph shows the U-Boat 110, a German Submarine that was sunk and risen in 1918. This photograph shows the Submarine's Torpedo Room looking aft, including a Torpedo lifting beam overhead.

This photograph shows the U-Boat 110, a German Submarine that was sunk and risen in 1918. This photograph shows the Submarine’s Torpedo Room looking aft, including a Torpedo lifting beam overhead. Photo: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

This photograph shows the U-Boat 110, a German Submarine that was sunk and risen in 1918. This photograph shows the Control Room and access scuttle to the conning tower.

This photograph shows the U-Boat 110, a German Submarine that was sunk and risen in 1918. This photograph shows the Control Room and access scuttle to the conning tower. Photo: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

This photograph shows the U-Boat 110, a German Submarine that was sunk and risen in 1918. This photograph shows the Submarine's Electric Control Room, including its switch gear.

This photograph shows the U-Boat 110, a German Submarine that was sunk and risen in 1918. This photograph shows the Submarine’s Electric Control Room, including its switch gear. Photo: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

This photograph shows the U-Boat 110, a German Submarine that was sunk and risen in 1918. This photograph shows the Submarine's Electric Control Room and switch gear.

This photograph shows the U-Boat 110, a German Submarine that was sunk and risen in 1918. This photograph shows the Submarine’s Electric Control Room and switch gear. Photo: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

This photograph shows the U-Boat 110, a German Submarine that was sunk and risen in 1918. This photograph shows a general view of the Submarine looking forward.

This photograph shows the U-Boat 110, a German Submarine that was sunk and risen in 1918. This photograph shows a general view of the Submarine looking forward. Photo: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums


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