Thanks for sharing Your image shows the U-155, former submersible U-DEUTSCHLAND at St. Katharine Docks on the Thames River. Contributors to this thread had a great time identifying and sharing their knowledge of this tucked away location.
Thought you ought you'd like to know that there is somewhat of an excitement here on Chesapeake Bay to be on the trail of a few descendants of those involved with escorting into or docking the U-DEUTSCHLAND at Baltimore in July 1916. Who can tell? If interviews are granted, our U-DEUTSCHLAND Centennial Committee may actually come up with some new images, first-hand written or passed-down accounts or mementos never before seen, heard or shown in public.
STBaltimote: I don't see the point of all this. König's written report to the Admiralstab on 28 August 1916 was in German and never appeared in any US newspaper or any other newspaper. It's among the Records of the German Navy, 1850-1945, MFP T1022, Roll 658, PG75197, NARA. In that report, he named the pilot boat Relief and Capt. Fred Cocke as the pilot he took aboard. If there was a change en route Baltimore he apparently didn't feel it warranted mention. As for the foot-high letters. They simply do not appear in any of the many photographs we have, and if they did exist, I don't see what importance that would be. In the photo below are her name and home port. Why would they paint the name on the deck? Dwight
Perhaps you will see the point as I progress with what is now known.
Fred Cocke was the first American to board the U-DEUTSCHLAND upon it entering US waters. Interesting enough Cocke, who had no business boarding the submarine (and actually knew better) did so nonetheless, simply because he was nosy (and it paid off for him with subsequent newspaper notoriety).
Upon passing the Capes, König had several blasts sounded on DEUTSCHLAND'S air whistle located on the fore edge of the superstructure. This signal, when entering Chesapeake Bay is a signal to the Maryland Pilots' Association boat stationed near the Capes to supply a pilot for a Baltimore-bound vessel. Captain C.O. Coleman was boarded on DEUTSCHLAND and the Virginia pilot, Captain Frederick D.Cocke departed. This was the account given by at least one crew member from a vantage point aboard the ST THOMAS F. TIMMINS.
Here again, just because you or I haven't actually seen such lettering, we ought not rule out an eye witness account of it, should we? As a case in point... Some might say that our recent timeline U-BREMEN/DEUTSCHLAND thread comparison photos have been most beneficial.
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While we're on the subject of lettering and painting, allow me to offer something new to those in search of unique photographic images. May we continue to have fun as we re-discover many aspects of U-DEUTSCHLAND and her times.
“Officials of the Eastern Forwarding company would give no information concerning the sailing of the Deutschland, or as to how far the stowing of the cargo had progressed…”
“The painting of the Deutschland’s hull so that it harmonizes with the waters of the Atlantic, even to the whitecaps, has been completed.”
Source: Geneva Daily [NY] Vol 22., No. 42., Tues. July 18, 1916, p. 1.
STBaltimore: With regard to historical research and which sources to accept as reliable and which sources to question, Eyewitness accounts and newspapers fall into the latter category and must be vetted against supporting evidence before they can be described as reliable. Maybe they did paint the boat's name on the deck, but we don't ave any verifiable sources to support that. And there is the question of why do it? If the reason is for identification by aircraft, the letters would have to be a lot larger than one foot high. In the end, it really doesn't matter if they did or did not paint the name on the deck, other than providing a pedant point of little or no historical value. I agree with you that turning up such pedant information is fun, but it still has to be established as factual before we can accept it at face value. Dwight
Forget what I just wrote. It was rubbish! Sorry!
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Can I come play in your garage sometime?
That is, of course, unless the tug wheelhouse shown on the left of the background grouping is itself either diving or surfacing. I must say that the wheelhouse cuts a fine wake though.
Does anyone else see this as an early 20th century attempt at photo shop touch-up?
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Where are they all coming from?
Did someone sound a klaxon horn perhaps? I hope so!