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Surrender Details: Surrendered at sea to the US Navy on 11 May 1945. Arrived at Portsmouth, NH on 16 May
Time in US Navy: Allocated to the US Navy as a war prize. Selected as one of the few U-Boats in which the US Navy had a medium-term interest, being given a minor re-fit at Portsmouth Navy Yard in the latter part of 1945 prior to its use in trials in the first half of 1946. After that U-873 was berthed at Portsmouth until it was declared surplus to requirements.
Final Disposal: Sold for scrap in New York in March 1948 to Interstate Metals Corporation, and broken-up
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U-boats407kThis item consists of a photo showing German officers and their crew from the surrendered U-873 at the Portsmouth Navy Yard in New Hampshire, 16 May 1945. German officers, with their backs to the camera and crew, stand on the deck of the tug which brought in their surrendered sub U-873 - the Marine guards stand ready to take the prisoners ashore at Portsmouth. The man in the white cap with his hands behind his back is Captain Steinhoff.National Archives Identifier: 6036884
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U-boats883kThis photograph shows four German submarines at the Portsmouth Navy Yard, which were surrendered off the coast of Portland.
They are probably the U-805, U-858, U-873 & U-1228.
National Archives Identifier: 7330125
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U-boats1.07kUnloading Concealed Material from German U-Boat, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. National Archives Identifier: 38329973
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U-boats752kTwo German U-Boats Being Unloaded, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. National Archives Identifier: 38329965
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U-boats926kTwo German U-Boats Being Unloaded, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. National Archives Identifier: 38329961
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U-boats648kCaptured German U-Boat with Submarine Snorkel Fully Elevated, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. National Archives Identifier: 38329977
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U-boats881kView of Submarine Snorkel on Deck of German U-Boat, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. National Archives Identifier: 38329971
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U-873633kPhotograph of the commissioning crew of U-873. Photo courtesy of
U-873653kStern view of the U-873 looking forward showing propellers and rudder in drydock at the Portsmouth Navy Yard, 30 June 1945. Photo courtesy of

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