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The Control Room

Written by: George Chittenden : 15 Jul 2019

This photo was taken in 1918 and is of the control room of one of Germany’s infamous U-boats, SM UB-110. She carried ten torpedoes and was armed with an 8.8 cm deck gun and carried a crew of three officers and up to 31 men. SM UB-110 was launched at Hamburg on September 1st, 1917 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on March 23rd, 1918, however her tour of duty was cut short. During her short career she torpedoed two ships, the Sprucol and the Southborough.

The Sprucol was damaged off the English coast but made it back to safety with no casualties, but the Southborough wasn’t so lucky, and sunk five miles off the east coast of Scarborough on July 16th, 1918 with the loss of thirty lives. A few days later the SM UB-110 met her fate, she was depth charged, rammed, and sunk near the by HMS Garry. It’s widely believed that she was the last U-boat to be sunk during the Great War. Surprisingly, after the sinking, HMS Garry pulled alongside the U-boat and opened fire with revolvers and machine guns on the unarmed survivors. Going back to the photo itself, you can imagine how difficult these controls would have been to operate can’t you?

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