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Class: Type Mittel U. Built by Germaniawerft, Kiel. Keel Launched: 5 Sep, 1917. Commissioned U-111, 30 Dec, 1917;
Fate: 20 November 1918 - Surrendered to the USA. The boat was used for exhibitions (to sell war bonds among other things) on the New England coastline. Later used for research and finally sunk by explosives in deep water off Cape Charles, Virginia.

Specifications:Displacement: 798 (surf.), 996 (subm.); 1. 235V2'; b. 20%'; dr. 11%'; s. 16.4 k. (surf.), 8.4 k. (subm.); cpl. 36; a. 6 20" tt., 1 4.1", 13.4"; cl. V-111)
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A German mine laying submarine that was captured by the British while laying deadly mines off the coast of England. It was brought to the United States for the purpose or speeding up the second Liberty Loan. This shows a section of the U-boat being raised from the water. It is a heavy piece of work and huge derricks are required.
Image and text provided by Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, OH.
Newspaper text courtesy of Perrysburg Journal. (Perrysburg, Wood Co., O. [Ohio]) 186?-1965, 01 November 1917, Image 9, via
U-boats92k A promotional poster for the Victory Liberty Loan. UB-88 and other former German submarines visited numerous U.S. ports during 1919 to help stimulate interest in the postwar Victory Bond Drive. NARA Photo.
Text courtesy of Warship Int. Edition # 3, 1986.
U-boats 127k HUN U-BOATS COMING TO U.S.. Image and text provided by University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.
Newspaper text courtesy of The Citizen. (Berea, Ky.) 1899-1958, 17 April 1919, Image 6, via
U-111 623k (Original Caption) New York: The U-111, one of the German submarines surrendered under the terms of the armistice lying at the Brooklyn Navy Yard where she arrived the other day from England. She is the first of the captured U boats to reach this country. Others are on the way and the fleet will be exhibited to boost the Victory Loan. The U-111, manned by an American crew crossed the Atlantic under her own power. At the top of her flag staff flies Old Glory and under it the Imperial German Naval Standard. Photo by Bettmann/Getty Images, courtesy of
U-111 489k Probably the R-4 (SS-81) (left) with captured German U-111 in center of the photo. The U-111 entered NY waters on 19 April 1919. Photo courtesy of Ric Hedman.
U-boats 542k Surrendered German Submarine and U. S. Crew Photographed in New York Navy Yard. To-Day
Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo & text by The Evening World. (New York, N.Y.) 1887-1931, 23 April 1919, Final Edition, Image 21, via
U-boats 872k Pickle Submarine in U. S. To Aid Victory Loan.
The U-111, German submarine, photographed at the Brooklyn navy yard where it is being provisioned and inspected prior to its scheduled visits to ports of the New England States. The submersible craft, said to be one of the finest of undersea fighters, is to be used in behalf of the Victory Liberty loan drive. The vessel was brought across the Atlantic by an American crew.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo & text by The Washington Times. (Washington [D.C.] 1902-1939, 25 April 1919, FINAL EDITION, Image 12, via
U-11160kSide view U-111 at the Portsmouth Navy Yard, N.H. USN photo courtesy of the Milne Collection, photo # PNS0222, at the University of New Hampshire.
U-11163k U.S. submarine designers were much influenced by German U-baot practice, largely as revealed by U-boats like this one, taken briefly after WW I. U-111 is shown in American service. Photo & text courtesy of U.S. Submarines Through 1945, An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman. Naval Institute Press.
U-111450kU-111 comes into port. She visited ports along the New England coast and received visitors in conjunction with the sales campaign while showing the flag while getting pushed around. She is seen here departing Boston harbor.
Note the battleships in the background, one of which is a Delaware (BB-28 /29) class.
Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
Photos 08_06_023277, 08_06_023280 - 82 & 84 courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection via Sean Hert &
U-111 452k German sub U-Boat war prize WWI. Photo 08_06_023285 courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection via
S-6 & U-111 296k S-6 (SS-111) (left) with captured German U-111 in center of the photo. The photo is indistinct but it appears that the US sub on the far left of the photo is the S-3 (SS-107), one of the two subs the U-111 toured the east coast with on a bond drive to raise money for off setting war debts. The retractable radio antenna's can be seen on the starboard side of the U-111. Photo courtesy of Milne Special Collections, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, N.H.". via Through the Looking Glass A Historic Look at Submarines
Text courtesy of Ric Hedman.
U-1111.20kU-111 showing the bridge at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, 8 April 1920.
In the background is the distinctive twin funnel belonging to an Illinois (BB-7 / 9) class battleship;
Illinois (BB-7); Alabama (BB-8) & Wisconsin (BB-9).
All three were docked there during this period; the Alabama & Wisconsin would be decommissioned in less than a month.
Photo courtesy of Craig O'Neil.
U-1111.00kU-111, probably at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Photo courtesy of Craig O'Neil.
U-111625kUS flag above the German onboard the U-111.Photo courtesy of Craig O'Neil.
U-111741kSurrounded by a lot of US Navy, the U-111 gets a look over from the curious, possibly at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.Photo courtesy of Craig O'Neil.
U-111705kSailors try out their new toy on the U-111.Photo courtesy of Craig O'Neil.
U-boats663kGerman submarine U-111, in dry dock at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 6 April 1920.
The BB to the left of the crane is New Hampshire (BB-25). The BB to the right of the crane is Louisiana (BB-19). There is not enough visible of the distant BB below the crane, or the mainmast at the right to make a positive ID on either.
Photo & text i.d. courtesy of Richard Jensen.
Photo # 19-N-3618 from the National Museum of the U.S. Navy via
S-2 300k Raised bow view, port side of the S-2 (SS-106) submerging at her dock trials at the Navy Yard, Portsmouth New Hampshire, 4 June 1921. Note: On the other side of the pier, just to the left of the enclosure, is the conning tower of the U-111, a German U-boat taken over by the USN for study. After an extensive series of trials, it was decommissioned in April, 1920. USN photo # 19-N-7608, from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), courtesy of Daniel Dunham.
Partial text courtesy of David Johnston and Ric Hedman.
While the boat was being taken out to be used for target practice, it sank near Cape Henry, Virginia. The crew of the Falcon was ordered to raise it. The conning tower is now far out of the water.
Image provided by: Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo & text by The Evening Public Ledger.(Philadelphia [Pa.] 1914-1942, 1 September 1922, Image 28, via
U-boats227kGerman submarine U-111 comes into port at Norfolk Navy Yard 16 August 1922 after being raised by the Falcon (ASR-2). Photo i.d. courtesy of John Hummel & David Johnston
National Archives Identifier: 52559991
Local Identifier: 181-V-2933.
Photo courtesy of
U-boats 335k Salvaging a U-Boat to Sink It.
PDF article by POPULAR MECHANICS, 1922, courtesy of Arnold Putnam.

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