Magazine article Sea Classics

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Magazine article Sea Classics

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SURRENDERED U-BOATS

I can't tell you how much I enjoy each issue of Sea Classics. Although we have several history-related naval magazines in the UK and Europe, Sea Classics seems to be unique in the USA. I have particularly liked the news items and articles on the on-going discovery of long-lost vessels and how you point out most of this is due to advances in technology. Living where I do, I am particularly interested in the U-boats of the WWIAVWII and read with interest the February news item regarding the discovery of UB-85. Most American readers do not realize the treasure trove of U-boats in our home waters.

With the end of the Great War and as part of the Paris Peace Conference, the surviving U-boats were surrendered. During WWI, the U-boats sank almost 5000 ships of nearly 13 million tons while losing 178 U-boats and about 5000 men in combat. I am currently completing a story on the scuttling/sinking of the Great War U-boats off Ireland that I will submit it to Sea Classics when completed.

With that work basically done, I am currently researching the World War Two surrender of some 33 U-boats by their commanders in Loch Eriboll, Sutherland, Scotland. The Highland fjord in the far northwest of Scotland was the only Scottish rendezvous point for U-boats. In the space of two-weeks, from 10 to 25 May 1945, it turned into the biggest single gathering of the German submarine fleet anywhere in the world. The U-boats that surrendered were most interesting. For example, U-1231 was laden with wine and serviced the sailors on the other vessels. U-532had just returned from Japan and was carrying raw rubber, quinine, and other war supplies. …

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