here are the postcards I promised to you:
here are the postcards I promised to you:
Claas: Those are really super postcards. I wish I had had those pictured when I was building the model. The conning tower shot is especially detailed. Dwight
There are some more postcards showing U-Deutschland in New London. Unfortunately they are not in my collection. Not yet...
Voila! Dwight, you finally have image views for both port and starboard. The only question now might be whether you want your new model to represent the Baltimore visit (lighter colored conning tower) or the New London trip with the blackened conning tower. Interesting views of the add-on brackets supporting removable overhead fore-and-aft antenna cables.
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Class: What I find interesting, and a bit confusing, is that both photos above apparently depict the boat in Baltimore. But in the upper photo the CT is definitely coal black, whereas in the lower photo is appears to be more of a grey color. Painting the CT black would make sense because it would make it harder to see at night. When the U-Deutschland made her first landfall in July 1916, she was trimmed down so that only the CT was above the surface. She remained trimmed down until shortly before meting the pilot boat, Relief at 0200 on 9 July 1916. All the photos posted in this thread are worth their weight in gold to a researcher. StBaltimore: You're sure right about this being the time to build a new model. Either that, or upgrade the existing model. Actually, I do have the jumper antenna on the original model. It just doesn't show in the photo, but there are several details that I could add based on these photos that Claas has posted. Dwight
Dwight, The black paint con job is definitely a New London image as the background shows both the high wooden float screen and the upstream thru-girder railroad span just visible in its raised position above the floating wooden wall.
The railroad still crosses the river paralleling Highway US-1/I-95 as seen in this link to Google Maps
The wooden float wall is clearly visible in a few of the cargo handling images Claas has provided.
Question: Anyone have an image of the US Health Service's 47 footer boarding launch RELIEF they'd like to share?
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STBaltimore: That's another super photo and one I wish I had when I was writing the book. Rather than showing the boat leaving Baltimore, I think it's the boat arriving in Baltimore. The civilian standing on the open bridge is probably the Baltimore Harbor Pilot, Fred Cooke who had come aboard outside the entrance.
Let's go back a couple of posts and look again at that black CT. I now believe that the photo shows the boat departing New London, CT. Below is a photo from my book showing the U-Deutschland in New London in November 1916. You can see that her upper deck and CT appear to be black.
It appears that she was all-over seagreen when she made the first trip into Baltimore, and black/seagreen when she went to New london. Dwight
The image above, in all likelihood, was taken in the Patapsco River during the morning of July 9, 1916, east of Quarantine Point and just below Baltimore City. It shows the U-DEUTSCHLAND and her attending vessels facing downstream. She appears to have no visible CT-mounted antenna struts. She also doesn't have that rig up in the images showing escorts Thos. F. Timmins and the launch EFCO easing the submarine freighter in between the pier, leased from Collin McLean, and the GEORGE MAY - foot of Andre street on the south side of Whetstone Point, Baltimore.
As to the use of pilots, at Baltimore Harbor docking pilots would have been employed both inbound and outbound from berthing facilities.
For these reasons, I believe that the underway image showing DEUTSCHLAND with her crew waving and holding what appear to be newspapers is occurring as she is leaving port and not entering it.
As an aside, I think the white tug to the starboard side of DEUTSCHLAND may possibly be the City's Municipal Tug E. CLAY TIMANUS but don't quote me yet.
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the photo below shows up to 99,9% U-Deutschland on the Weser on its way to Bremen.
The man on the conning tower with the melone hat is in fact the pilot. The crew hold in their hands the newspaper witch reported about their arrivel.