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Class: UE II. Builder: Vulcan, Hamburg. Keel Launched: 10 Dec, 1917. Commissioned U-117, 28 Mar, 1918; 21 November 1918 - Surrendered to the USA. Used for exhibitions along the Atlantic coast. Sunk on 21 June, 1921 near Cape Charles, Virginia during tests.

Specifications: Displacement: 1,164 (surf.), 1,512 (subm.); l. 267 1/2'; b. 24 1/2'; dr. 13 3/4'; s. 14.7 k. (surf.), 7 k. (subm.); cpl. 40; a. 1 5.9", 1 3.4", 2 mine tubes, 42 mines, 4 20" tt.; cl. U-117.
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U-boats 597k ENEMY SUBMARINE ON EXHIBITION, FIRST OF ITS KIND IN UNITED STATES.
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 chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
U-boats106kU-117 taken at Harwich, England, after her surrender on 21 November 1918, being taken into USN custody. Photo courtesy of Robert Hurst.
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 chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
U-boats685kFour U-boats turned over to the U. S. at anchor in Brooklyn Navy Yard. They have been cruising the harbor for the Victory Loan.
The U-117 & UC-5 appear on the left.
To the right Lieut. Vincent Astor, who returned home on the U-117, fulfilling his promise to bring back a German sub.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 04 May 1919, Image 53, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
U-boats602kTHE GERMAN MINE-LAYING SUBMARINE U-117, now a prisoner in the channel at League Island. The submersible is suspected of being one of the mine-spawning sea monsters which strewed deadly cans of explosives alone the Atlantic coast during the Great War. The craft is blamed for the loss of the cruiser San Diego off Fire Island. The U-117 is one of the exhibits which will be on view when the navy yard is thrown open on Saturday to the public.Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo from Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 26 June 1919, Night Extra Financial, Image 24, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
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-boats161k Conning towers of the former UB-88, UC-97, U-117, in line at New York Navy Yard during 27 April to 5 May 1919. The steel gantries at left background are part of the shipyard's building ways.Official USN photo # NR &L (M) 3294, text courtesy of Warship Int. Edition # 3, 1986.
U-boats 442k Four of a kind.
From left ot right: U-117, UC-97, UB-88 & UB-148.
USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
U-boats 151k U-117 on Victory Bond tour in East Coast port. Delaware (BB-28) in background. Photo courtesy of navyatcapehenlopen .
U-boats565kU-117 drew one of the east coast itineraries and, although exact information regarding her ports of call is not available, she did stop at Washington, D.C., and spent a significant period of time at the navy yard located there.
The navy gives the army a bit of advice on how to gracefully get out of a hole. Secretaries Daniels and Baker expiore the "innards" of a U-boat at the Washington Navy Yard.
Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 01 June 1919, Image 47, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
G-1 & U-117 73k G-1 (SS-19½) with the captured German sub U-117, circa 1919. Photo courtesy of Ric Hedman.
U-boats202k Interior view of U-117 while in dissection by American authorities, circa January 1920. USN Photo courtesy of Robert Hurst.
U-boats163kU-117 torpedo tube shutters, showing one open. Navy Yard Phila. 27 January 1920.Photo courtesy of historylink101.com via Craig Clark O'Neill.
U-boats73kU-117 in foreground, underway off Cape Charles, with Barney (DD-149) and Rail (AM-26) in background on 21 June 1921. USN Photo courtesy of Robert Hurst.
U-boats 425k Rotogravure photo entitled: Sinking of German Submarine by Navy Bombing, showing the sinking of U-117. Photo courtesy of ebay.com.
Photo added 08/15/13.
U-boats71kU-117 sinking after being bombed by U.S. Navy aircraft on 21 June 1921.USN Photo courtesy of Robert Hurst.
U-boats919kNAVAL AVIATORS SINK U-BOAT WITH BOMBSImage and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo from Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 21 June 1921, NIGHT EXTRA, Image 8, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
U-boats785kVIEW BOMBING TESTS.
The photograph shows deck of the Henderson (AP-1) and a navy blimp during the sinking of German submarines by bombs off the Virginia capes.
Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo from Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 25 June 1921, NIGHT EXTRA, Image 18, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.

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