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Re: German submarines at Chatham post WWI
« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2017, 08:19:28 »
UB150 was never completed, and only her hull was surrendered to the UK - so may well have lacked her conning tower and 'normal' submarine appearance. So this could well indeed be her.

It should be noted that although reference books list her as scrapped at Rochester, the Admiralty's Sale Register lists her sale to M. Lynch at Halling in 1920, and that her hull was 'dumped' in 1922 - see the separate thread on the submarine hulks in the Medway.

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Re: German submarines at Chatham post WWI
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2017, 13:35:34 »
SM UB-150 was a German Type UB III submarine or U-boat built for the German Imperial Navy during World War I. She was built by AG Weser of Bremen and following just under a year of construction, launched at Bremen on 19 October 1918. She was commissioned into the German Imperial Navy on 27 March 1919 as UB-150. UB-150 was surrendered to Britain in accordance with the requirements of the Armistice with Germany and broken up at Rochester in 1922. So the reference to UB-150 at Chatham could be correct. However, the superstructure shown in the postcard doesn't look like a sub to me.

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Re: German submarines at Chatham post WWI
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2017, 18:31:04 »
I read that the entire U-Boat fleet was moored at Harwich. People came along in the night and cut off the periscope tops to get the lenses. Then they were all towed off to deep water off the north coast of Ireland and sunk. Waste of scrap metal.

You are confusing the fate of the surrendered German U-boats of the First World War, they were indeed moored at Harwich before being dispersed, with those that were surrendered at the end of the Second World War which were "towed of to deep water off the north coast of Ireland and sunk."
See Operation Deadlight @ http://www.uboat.net/fates/deadlight.htm

Waste of scrap metal? Maybe not; see Related News in link above.
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Re: German submarines at Chatham post WWI
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2012, 15:45:26 »
They were gathered at several places and then about 1920/21 sold off for scrap to France and other countries. A few ended up in the Medway, some broke adrift and washed up in Sussex or sank in the channel a lot were broken up in Wales & NW England. Some, not all may have been used for target & gunnery trials

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Re: German submarines at Chatham post WWI
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2012, 15:20:17 »
I read that the entire U-Boat fleet was moored at Harwich. People came along in the night and cut off the periscope tops to get the lenses. Then they were all towed off to deep water off the north coast of Ireland and sunk. Waste of scrap metal.

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Re: German submarines at Chatham post WWI
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2012, 15:14:34 »
The cargo U Boat Deutschland also toured the UK  fund raising for Maritime charities

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German submarines at Chatham post WWI
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2012, 14:50:27 »
Does anyone have any information on surrendered German submarines being put on public display at Chatham after WWI? I recently bought the postcard below on the basis that it was German submarine SM UB-150 at Chatham but there's nothing on the card itself to verify that fact:

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