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Sunday, July 12, 2015

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42 amazing images from a dive onto U89 by Dr Innes McCarthy the U Boat hunter

Amazing images from Dr Innes McCartney – the condition of this wreck is incredible.
U89 survived just over six months in service before it sunk by ramming off Malin Head. The large U-boats of the Kaiserliche Marine are fairly uncommon wrecks in coastal waters which made investigating this site a most interesting dive. The shot line has come down off the port side bows of the wreck (Innes McCartney)
The bows have rotted away leaving the hydroplane as the most forward part of the wreck 
Torpedo tubes come into view
Looking down the conning tower hatch, the shaft of the wide angle periscope can be seen as well as the open hatch leading to the control room 
The wide angle periscope in its housing, seen from above
The top of the attack periscope 
The damage which sunk U89 now becomes obvious – HMS Roxburgh clearly ran over the engine room, ripping the roof off 
RU ammunition locker 
Pointing my camera inside reveals a mass of debris and electrical cables. A hole which looks like the type caused by the slicing action of a propeller can be seen 
The breech block of the 105mm gun with diver behind
Diver by the forward torpedo hatch
The netting appears to have drifted into the wreck
U89 carried two guns. The large 105mm was on the foredeck 
The 88mm gun mounted aft 
Torpedoes in the aft torpedo room 
Torpedo tubes come into view 
Aft torpedo hatch
Inside are fins of a torpedo 
The double periscope housing on the conning tower with hatch behind
Aft of the 105mm, the conning tower comes into view 
Tampion in the muzzle of the 105mm keeps the water out 
Auxiliary steering position? in the aft torpedo room (U505 has this feature)
Stern torpedo tubes with post side hydroplane in foreground
Stern tubes with doors shut
The interior beckons..
The much corroded hydroplane appears to have been set to hard arise 
Turning aft the engines point astern, which is where I will explore next 
Turning and looking forward the open bulkhead hatch leading into the control room can be seen 
Aft of the conning tower two of the main tanks are still hanging on to the pressure hull
The forward radio mast survives even though most of the upper works have rotted away
Pressure-proof ready-use ammunition was stacked in lockers around the guns. They were soldered closed and could be popped open quickly for immediate firing when the U-boat surfaced 
A white circle of anemones shows where one tube has broken away from the hull
The diesel engines are now exposed
Port side prop shaft is bent and the “A” frame buckled
Diver by conning tower 
Above the torpedo tubes on the main deck the 105mm gun can be seen in the distance 
Starboard side prop partially buried
Damage in the port side hull probably caused in the collision 
The engines with the control room hatchway behind. Ballast tanks either side
Aft torpedo hatch 
Torpedoes lying on the deck, having fallen from their stowage rack 
U89 had four bow tubes, three of which are visible, inner doors shut


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