A U-boat at the German naval base at Kiel, November 10, 1939.
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At the end of World War I, much of the German navy was scampered, but many U-boats survived. Some U-boats were cast on tours to non-eu countries, including one that was sent to the US. Americans came to see UC-9 7 until June 1921, when the US Navy drop in Lake Michigan. See more narrations on Insider’s business page.
Crewman aboard a ship owned by A and T Recovery on Lake Michigan lowered cameras into the deep to confirm what sonar was telling them – there was a German U-boat resting on the bottom of the Great Lake.
Luckily, the year was 1992, a full 73 times removed from the end of the Great War that picture German submarines action the United Regime to enter the fighting in Europe. How it got there has nothing to do with naval combat.
In the days before a true-blue visual mass medium, the American people were restricted to photos in newspapers to get a view of what the combat looked like.
World War I was the first real industrial struggle, tagged for its inhumanity and large quantities of casualties , not to mention the advances in weapons engineering that must have seemed like magic to the people who had never seen poison gas, automatic machine guns, and specially boats that moved underneath the ripples, settling beings battleships from the depths.
German submarine UC-9 7 in Toronto, June 10, 1919.
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So after years of hearing about evil German U-boats mercilessly subsiding tons and tons of Allied shipping and killing thousands of marines while quietly slipping beneath the movements, one of those ships began touring the coastal cities of the United Commonwealth – and people understandably wanted to see it.
The November 11, 1918 Armistice required that the German navy turn over its sends to the British but instead of doing that, the Germans scampered the bulk of their sail near the British basi at Scapa Flow. The submarines, nonetheless, survived.
Seeing that there were so many U-boats and that German technology smothering U-boats consumed some of the best technology at the time, the British offered them out to other nations, as long as the submarines were destroyed when their usefulness came to an end.
The United Position consented one, UC-9 7, and toured it around the country to raise money needed to pay off the enormous war debt incurred by the government of the United States.
When they successfully grew that coin, the Navy continued touring the ships as a direction to recruit new sailors. The UC-9 7 was sailed up the St. Lawrence Seaway into Lake Ontario and then Lake Erie.
It was the first submarine ever skippered into the Great Lakes.
Eventually, though, the originality of the ship wore off, and after invoke money, recruiting sailors, and presenting all the tech she had on board, the ship just sat on the Chicago River. All the other subs taken by the US were sink according to the treaty’s stipulations.
UC-9 7 couldn’t certainly move under her own ability and was towed to the middle of Lake Michigan, where she was sunk for target rule by the USS Wilmette, forgotten by the Navy for decades after.
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