I have a hunch but it will have to wait and see if anyone can come up with a better image than that which you see below.
Is this sharp enough?
It shows U-Deutschland entering the port of Helgoland after her first trip.
That is pretty sharp!
Great photo Claas. Dwight
Good work everyone. What caught my eye was the bent up metal bar in front of the smokers right boot. It makes you start to think.... Not to hard,... but just a little...
Steve: I have wondered what that thing is too. I think it's a thin metal cover over something below the casing and the steel arch over it is a guard to keep people from stepping on it. There is one forward on the starboard side, shown in the photo, and another aft on the port side, shown in the photo below. Both locations are the approximate locations of the forward and after auxiliary bilge pumps (see drawing below). The drawing, taken from Rössler, is not entirely accurate, which makes a positive identification impossible. For a long time I thought, because of the apparently thin metal, that it was the hydrophone head cover, but I now don't think that is the case. The radio room is just forward of the CT on the starboard side, which is about where the hydrophone head would normally be located in a boat like the Deutschland. Dwight
Thanks for the much clearer image Claas. As to the current hump speculation, I can not tell about the 'restricted entry hatch' near the stern but I would say that, whatever else could have been accomplished using the foremost limited use entry, the forward access would also have likely been utilized to pay in the U-liner's supply of anchor chain.
Here's an image of Henry G. Hilken, the Dean of Baltimore Shipping taken in 1909.
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DEUTSCHLAND'S TENDER HERE
"The power launch EFCO, formerly named the LLOYDS, arrived yesterday [May 22rd 1917] from New London, Conn., where it was taken from this port to act as a tender to the German merchant submarine DEUTSCHLAND when her headquarters were transferred from Baltimore.
The LLOYDS' name was changed to EFCO, which is the contractor for the Eastern Forwarding Company under which agency the visits of the DEUTSCHLAND were made to American ports. As the LLOYDS, the launch was used here by the North German Lloyd steamers before the war.
Capt. Edwin F. Greene was the navigator who brought the boat through the inland waterways to Baltimore."