1918: Salvaging a U-boat

U-Boat 110, a general view looking aft


The photographs shown here are of U-Boat 110, a German Submarine that was sunk and risen in 1918. 

They are 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 an insight into the mechanics and atmosphere of the raised German submarine.


Control Room looking forward to port side


Control Room looking forward to port side


Control Room looking forward


“Shall I risk another run at him, as he is still showing up on the surface? At all costs, he must not escape, so, once again we race through the water and settle the matter by hitting again and this time ripping her up completely and ourselves as well. Down went “U110" where she belonged and down we went by the bows."

 

- Charles Herbert Lightoller, Commander of the HMS Garry in “Titanic and other ships”, 1935

 


Control Room looking forward


The control room looking aft, starboard side


   Control Room looking aft

Control Room looking aft


   Four Torpedo Tubes

Four Torpedo Tubes


"I left the rescue work to the others, who picked up fifteen out of the water and then took stock of the damage we had sustained. No doubt it was serious and the vital question now was - should we chance it and try and get back to our base in the Humber?”

- Charles Herbert Lightoller, Commander of the HMS Garry in “Titanic and other ships”, 1935


Four bow Torpedo Tubes & forward hydroplanes



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