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BIAUE 439k To Europe in a Submarine Boat
BOW OF SUBMARINE BOAT # 7
SUBMARINE BOAT NO. 7 IN THE SHIPYARD
Image and text provided by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Lincoln, NE.
Photo & text by Omaha Daily Bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, 18 November 1900, Image 18, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Fulton115kFulton about to be loaded on a barge to begin its journey to Russia. Text & photo courtesy of pbs.org/wgbh/nova.
BIAUE 576k JAPANS PURCHASE OF AMERICAN SUBMARINES
By this time several Holland submarine boats built in Fore River Mass., are on the sea in the hold of a steamship bound for Japan. The Japs contracted for a number of these boats, the first installment of which were packed in crates and shipped on flat cars to the west where they were loaded on the ships.
Image and text provided by University of North Texas; Denton, TX.
Photo & text by Palestine Daily Herald.(Palestine, Tex.) 1902-1949, 29 October 1904, Image 5, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BIAUE 243k Antofagasta & Inuique at Moran yard, Seattle. The two Chilean vessels lie alongside a third submarine at the fitting out dock. They well display the contrasting blunt bow cap of the Inuique and the sharp cut water of the Antofagasta, circa 1914. Photo courtesy of Vancouver Maritime Museum from Beneath the Surface: World War I Submarines Built in Seattle and Vancouver by Bill Lightfoot.
BIAUE 2.26k ENGINES USED BY THE U-5 WERE BUILT IN AMERICA
Austrian Boat Which Sank the cruiser Leon Gambetta Is of Same Type as U. S. Submarines Now Defending Panama Canal.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC & The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo & text by The Washington Herald. (Washington, D.C.) 1906-1939, 30 April 1915, Image 2, & The Sun.(New York, [N.Y.]) 1916-1920, 02 May 1915, Image 2, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BIAUE 2.20k SUBMARINE DESIGNED AND BUILT IN AMERICA TORPEDOED GERMAN BATTLE CRUISER MOLTKE
Craft Constructed In This Country Active in Baltic Operations,
TEN SENT ACROSS UNDER OWN POWER
Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo from the The Sun. (New York [N.Y.]) 1833-1916, 06 October 1915, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BIAUE 713k "Made in America" British Submarine in Boston Dock.
The British submarine H-20, one of a half dozen undersea craft ordered by the British government from the Fore River Shipyard Company, will not be delivered until the close of the European war. The boat is practically complete at present, but under an agreement with the United States government will not be given into the hands of the British government until peace negotiations are completed. The boats are of the H type and similar in construction and fittings to the H boats of the United States navy.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo & text by The Washington Herald. (Washington, D.C.) 1906-1939, 28 October 1915, Image 12, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BIAUE 459k Fleet of English submarines held at Navy Yard before U.S. entered war.Photo # 08_06_023261 courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection via flickr.com.
BIAUE 965k First Interior Picture of Submarine Torpedo Tubes
This remarkable photograph shows the four torpedo tubes of the Spanish submarine Isaac Peral, built by the submarine boat corpation and now undergoing trials at Provincetown. Mass. The Isaac Peral is said by experts to be almost identical in a mechanial scene to the German U-boats Deutschland and U-53. It is as large as those undersea boats and capable of performlng or accomplishing anything that they have done.
Image and text provided by Indiana State Library.
Photo from the South Bend News-Times. (South Bend, Ind.) 1913-1938, 03 November 1916, EVENING EDITION, Image 5, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
PDF added 08/20/16.
BIAUE 562k Six British subs bottled up in Navy Yard because of U.S. neutrality are given to the Chilean government in exchange for a Man of War which could not be built by England.Photo courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection via Sean Hert & flickr.com.
BIAUE 1.21k Broadside view of the 10 boats for Brits headed for Chile.Photo # 08_06_023258 courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection via Sean Hert & flickr.com.
BIAUE 1.20k Bow view of the H-14 in Boston Navy Yard drydock.
Note her # 114.
Photo courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection via Sean Hert & flickr.com.
BIAUE 166k Four photo PDF showing a model of the SMS U-5, an Austro-Hungarian Navy submarine of the First World War. The U-5 and U-6 were Electric Boat EB-17 designs, the components of which were built by EB's main east coast contractor, Fore River Shipbuilding, then shipped in a broken down state to the Whitehead & Co of Fiume and reassembled prior to commissioning. With the exception of minor exterior differences, they were identical to the USN C-class boats, although they were eventually refitted with a 1.5" deck gun.
An interesting side note is that one of the U-5's commanding officers was none other than Korvettenkapitän Georg Ritter von Trapp, the patriarch of the Von Trapp Family Singers of "The Sound of Music" fame. von Trapp sank two ships and captured a third while in command of U-5. His family fortune was inherited, as his first wife was the granddaughter of Robert Whitehead, the inventor of the modern torpedo. He went on to an illustrious career, sinking 11 more ships while in command of U-14.
Photos courtesy of Dave Johnston (USNR).
BIAUE 632k TEN SUBMARINES, BUILT AT QUINCY, MASS., FOR THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT AND INTERNED AT BOSTON AT THE BEGINNING OF THE WAR, WHICH HAVE NOW BEEN SOLD TO CHILE IN PART PAYMENT FOR TWO SUPERDREADNOUGTS WHICH WERE UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN ENGLISH SHIPYARDS AND WERE SEIZED BY THE BRITISH AT THE OUTBREAK OF THE WAR.
Rear Admiral Luiz Gomez Carreno of the Chilean Navy Has Arrived to Take Over the Submrersibles for His Government. ten submarines which were built in Quincy Mass. for Great Britian.......
These were part of a second batch of ten that followed ten others that Beth. Steel built for the RN. The first ten were delivered in May-June 1915, but delivery of the second ten was halted under neutrality regulations. They were released for delivery after the U.S. got into the War. Chile got six of those (which became their H-1 through H-6), while the Brits took four. The RN boats were their H-1 through H-10 (first batch) and H-11, H-12, H-14 & H-15 (second batch).
Image and text provided by The New York Times, 11 February 1917, courtesy of memory.loc.gov. & navypedia.org.
Text i.d. courtesy of Chuck Haberlein, with input from Ric Hedman & Robert Morgan.
BIAUE 488k LARGEST U BOAT, BUILT HERE FOR SPAIN
The Spanish submarine Isaac Peral, the first war vessel to be built in the United States for the Spanish government and the largest war submarine afloat, left New London Conn., and went 100 miles to sea for target practice. The submarine will soon start for Spain.
Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo by American Press Association.
Photo from the The Fulton County News. (McConnellsburg, Pa.) 1899-current, 08 February 1917, Image 4, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
PDF via The New York Times, 21 July 1917, courtesy of memory.loc.gov.

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Submarines of the Russian and Soviet navies, 1718-1990 By Norman Polmar, Jurrien Noot
Som class submarine @wikipedia.org
Through the Looking Glass, a Historic Look at Submarines

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