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b34856
11-16-2010, 05:04 PM
I thought you guys might find this interesting http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Someone's auctioning an attack scope from a U-Boat. The glass is cracked from the attack that sank her!

Here's the description...

"A super rare German WWII Kreigsmarine U-853 Submarine Attack Periscope, recovered in 1962. This is the smaller of the periscopes used on U-Boats, designed for the final stealthy run on a target. This display piece shows the outer tube and lens (showing damage from the depth charge attack that sank the sub), the inner liner with mirrors and individual lenses. It stands about a foot tall and is on a wood base, with the US Navy Diesel Boat Cruise Badge of the gentleman who recovered the periscope. German submarine U-853 was a German Type IXC/40 U-boat of the Kriegsmarine during World War II. She was commissioned on 25 June 1943 with Kapitšnleutnant Helmut Sommer in command. U-853 saw action during the Battle of the Atlantic in World War II. She conducted three patrols, sinking two ships totalling 5,783 tons. On her final patrol, U-853 was sent to harass United States coastal shipping. She destroyed USS Eagle 56 (PE-56) near Portland, Maine. Just days before Germany's surrender, U-853 torpedoed and sank the collier Black Point during the Battle of Point Judith. American warships quickly found U-853 and sank her 7 miles east of Block Island, Rhode Island, resulting in the loss of her entire crew. U-853 is a popular deep sea diving site. She rests in 121 feet of water. The lot includes lots of paperwork and correspondence confirming the identity of the periscope."
The section of periscope outer structure on the left is about a foot tall
http://i1094.photobucket.com/albums/i457/b34856/Periscope.jpg

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The auction ended October 23'rd.

b34856
11-16-2010, 05:04 PM
I thought you guys might find this interesting http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Someone's auctioning an attack scope from a U-Boat. The glass is cracked from the attack that sank her!

Here's the description...
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">"A super rare German WWII Kreigsmarine U-853 Submarine Attack Periscope, recovered in 1962. This is the smaller of the periscopes used on U-Boats, designed for the final stealthy run on a target. This display piece shows the outer tube and lens (showing damage from the depth charge attack that sank the sub), the inner liner with mirrors and individual lenses. It stands about a foot tall and is on a wood base, with the US Navy Diesel Boat Cruise Badge of the gentleman who recovered the periscope. German submarine U-853 was a German Type IXC/40 U-boat of the Kriegsmarine during World War II. She was commissioned on 25 June 1943 with Kapitšnleutnant Helmut Sommer in command. U-853 saw action during the Battle of the Atlantic in World War II. She conducted three patrols, sinking two ships totalling 5,783 tons. On her final patrol, U-853 was sent to harass United States coastal shipping. She destroyed USS Eagle 56 (PE-56) near Portland, Maine. Just days before Germany's surrender, U-853 torpedoed and sank the collier Black Point during the Battle of Point Judith. American warships quickly found U-853 and sank her 7 miles east of Block Island, Rhode Island, resulting in the loss of her entire crew. U-853 is a popular deep sea diving site. She rests in 121 feet of water. The lot includes lots of paperwork and correspondence confirming the identity of the periscope."
The section of periscope outer structure on the left is about a foot tall </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
http://i1094.photobucket.com/albums/i457/b34856/Periscope.jpg

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The auction ended October 23'rd.

Celeon999
11-17-2010, 12:56 PM
While this is certainly a brilliant collector's item, U-853 has a sad history of being plundered by hobby divers although it is a wargrave and thus removing things from within or from the wreck itself is a criminal act.

It is also renowned for something else.



<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> On May 6 and 7, 1945, Navy divers attempted to enter the wreck to recover the captain's safe and the papers within, but failed.

Recreational divers first visited the site in 1953. In 1960 a recreational diver brought up a body from the wreck. This provoked former navy admirals and clergy to petition the US government for restrictions on disturbing the dead.

The German crewman was buried with full military honors in Newport, Rhode Island. (After a diplomatic incident)

At least two recreational divers have died from exploring the wreckage.

Renowned deep sea diver Stephen Har**** perished in 2005 while filming the U-boat. He surfaced unconscious and could not be revived.

Har****, age 60, died as the result of sal****er drowning associated with poor health according to the Rhode Island Medical Examiner's office. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

b34856
11-17-2010, 03:41 PM
Oh my, that is all terrible!

bunkerratt
11-17-2010, 07:27 PM
the guy's i dive with we call them "wreck rapers"