Amazing view from inside sunken WWI Submarine U-110

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These extraordinary images from the inside of German Submarine U-110 were 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-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 commanded by Charles Lightoller, and sunk. 23 crew members lost their lives.

In September / October 1918 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.

General view of the Submarine U-110

General view of the Submarine U-110. (Credits: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums)

U-110 Submarine's Four bow Torpedo Tubes & hydroplane on the port side.

U-110 Submarine’s Four bow Torpedo Tubes & hydroplane on the port side. (Credits: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums)

U-Boat 110, Electric Control Room looking aft to port

U-Boat 110, Electric Control Room looking aft to port (Credits: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums)

U-Boat 110, Electric Control Room

U-Boat 110, Electric Control Room (Credits: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums)

U-Boat 110, Torpedo Room looking aft, including a Torpedo lifting beam overhead.

U-Boat 110, Torpedo Room looking aft, including a Torpedo lifting beam overhead. (Credits: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums)

U-Boat 110 - Submarine's 3rd Compartment holding the Mess table, Lockers and manholes to accumulation battery.

U-Boat 110 – Submarine’s 3rd Compartment holding the Mess table, Lockers and manholes to accumulation battery. (Credits: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums)

U-Boat 110, the Torpedo Room showing an overhead arrangement

U-Boat 110, the Torpedo Room showing an overhead arrangement (Credits: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums)

U-Boat 110 - the 3rd compartment of the Submarine and the Crew's lockers.

U-110 – the 3rd compartment of the Submarine and the Crew’s lockers. (Credits: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums)

U-Boat 110, forward Torpedo Room

U-110, forward Torpedo Room (Credits: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums)

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