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Captured WW I German U Boat

Inside a killing machine: The ghostly century-old images of a German First World War U-Boat raised from the depths of the North Sea after it was rammed and sunk by a British warship

  • U-Boat 110 destroyed ten vessels before it was sunk by the Royal Navy during July 1918

  • The Royal Navy managed to surface the sunken u-boat and were planning to return her to service 

  • The u-boat which had a crew of around 41 people only had nine survivors when it was defeated in battle

  • The vessel went down off the coast of Hartlepool in the north east of England

By Sam Tonkin For Mailonline

Published: 04:37 EST, 19 September 2015 | Updated: 07:43 EST, 19 September 2015

 

These ghostly century-old images show the inside of a German World War One U-Boat which was raised from the depths of the North Sea after being sunk by a torpedo boat destroyer.

The twin-screw U-boat 110 was readying an attack on a convoy of merchant vessels when her periscope was sighted, only 50 yards away, and she was forced to the surface by Allied depth charges.

With her forward diving rudders jammed in the up position and fuel tank damaged, the submarine was then rammed twice by the H.M.S. Garry and hit with several bursts of gunfire.

The relentless attack caused the U-Boat to sink off the north east coast of England, not far from the town of Hartlepool, on July 19, 1918. Thirteen survivors were picked up.

Divers were soon sent down to recover important documents and the U.B. 110, built by Blohm & Voss in Hamburg, was recovered in September that year.

She was taken to the Wallsend dry docks of Swan Hunter Wigham Richardson Ltd with orders to restore her to working condition as a fighting unit. However, the Armistice on November 11, 1918 caused work on her to be stopped, and she was later dismantled and sold as scrap.

But before this took place a series of photographs were taken providing a rare glimpse of the U-Boat's mechanics and giving an insight into what the cramped atmosphere would have been like for those serving onboard the killing machine.

U-Boat U-110 was  attacked and sunk off the coast of Hartlepool by the Royal Navy in July 1918 and raised to the surface two months later

 

 

U-Boat U-110 was  attacked and sunk off the coast of Hartlepool by the Royal Navy in July 1918 and raised to the surface two months later

The U-110 was depth-charged and forced to surface allowing the crew to escape before it sank to the bottom of the North Sea

 



The U-110 was depth-charged and forced to surface allowing the crew to escape before it sank to the bottom of the North Sea

Divers refloated the submarine in September 1918 with a view to returning it to service but the November armistice foiled the plan

 

Divers refloated the submarine in September 1918 with a view to returning it to service but the November armistice foiled the plan

The submarine was towed to the Admiralty dock in Jarrow before taken to Swan Hunter's ship yard to undergo a refurbishment

 

The submarine was towed to the Admiralty dock in Jarrow before taken to Swan Hunter's ship yard to undergo a refurbishment

U-110 was built by Blohm and Voss in Hamburg and was rammed by HMS Garry after being forced to the surface by depth charges



U-110 was built by Blohm and Voss in Hamburg and was rammed by HMS Garry after being forced to the surface by depth charges