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...Don't forget they were small boats and provisions, largely canned and no means of reprovisioning torpedos, battery life issues and crucially fuel. ...
There must have been some means of resupplying the ocean going boats. There were a few Cruiser and Merchant U Boats which could have done the job.
 
There must have been some means of resupplying the ocean going boats. There were a few Cruiser and Merchant U Boats which could have done the job.
They were in reality few and far between. I know that there were one or two far east postings in the the first lot but they had to take their chances with far superior British empire webb. They also had to get the munitions there. SMS Kormoran is an example of the difficulties By far the most uboat sorties were local with sorties from Wilehlmshaven et al
 
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I find it disheartening that someone would edit Wikipedia to make it less accurate.
You don't know the half of it.
During one series of well earned extras I whiled away the evenings poking some of these wikiweirdos just by altering "their" pages.
Not always for accuracy, often just out of wanton spite.
Had some bushy-armpitted doris trying to convince me that the majority of people aren't into pomping the opposite sex. Apparently everybody is a clanger or jouster but they don't know it...

And these wikicnuts walk the streets.
 
You don't know the half of it.
During one series of well earned extras I whiled away the evenings poking some of these wikiweirdos just by altering "their" pages.
Not always for accuracy, often just out of wanton spite.
Had some bushy-armpitted doris trying to convince me that the majority of people aren't into pomping the opposite sex. Apparently everybody is a clanger or jouster but they don't know it...

And these wikicnuts walk the streets.
Turns out the Bobby Sands wiki is protected from ‘vandalism’ by an autobot - whatever that is.


Sounds like a vibrating thingummy for gayers but there you go.

I’ve communicated with Mr. Wiki and expect further correspondence in due course.
 

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11- 31 May 1918

Kaiserliche Marine losses around the British Isles

12th May – UB-72 was sunk in the English Channel when she was torpedoed by HMS D4. 32 dead, 3 survivors.

HMS D4 - Wikipedia

U-103 was rammed and sunk by the Olympic south of Cornwall with the loss of 9 of her crew of 40.

14th May – SMS A72, a Torpedo Boat, struck a mine and sank in the North Sea with the loss of 25 crewmen.

26th May – UB-74 was sunk in Lyme Bay by depth charges from HMY Lorna with the loss of all 35 crew.

31st May – UC-75 was sunk off Flamborough Head. UC-75 was rammed by the SS Blaydonian.when she attacked an East Coast convoy. When the U-Boat surfaced she was rammed by a destroyer, HMS Fairy. The destroyer joined the U-Boat at the bottom of the North Sea within minutes. There were 17 dead and 14 survivors from the U-Boat. No RN fatalities from HMS Fairy on the day according to the CWGC.
 
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23rd May 1918
The SS Innisfallen was sunk by UB-64 in the Irish Sea 30 Km east of the Kish Lightship. The Innisfallen was owned by The City of Cork Steam Packet Company Ten crewmen lost their lives in the sinking.

Third Engineer Leonard Raybould. From Barrow-in-Furness.

Fireman C. Browne

Fireman John Keown

Fireman Thomas King. From Liverpool. Born in Sierra Leone

Fireman Rob Robinson, From Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Fireman Tom Toby. From Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Trimmer George Washington.

Greaser Samuel Creevy, From Liverpool

Cattleman Francis Gallagher. From Westport, Co Mayo.

Leading Seaman Daniel Cronin, Royal Naval Reserve, From Blackrock, Cork. Commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.

UB-64 survived the war and surrendered on 21 November 1918. Her commander at the time of the Innisfallen sinking was Kapitänleutnant Otto von Schrader, who went on to become a WW2 Admiral.
Some of the Innisfallen’s crew were survivors of multiple sinkings. The cook, Michael Walsh had just been torpedoed for the fourth time while 2nd engineer, Robert King was on his second sinking in 13 months. The company built a new Innisfallen in 1930. It must be an unlucky name as this Innisfallen struck a mine in the Mersey estuary on 21 December 1940 and sank with the loss of 4 crew



The City of Cork Steam Packet Company had a very active war, losing over 178 crewmen and at least 11 ships to enemy action. The company had been founded in Cork in the middle of the nineteenth century and operated mainly freight services between Cork and ports in the UK and Europe. It employed seamen mostly from Cork but by 1918 many of them had been called up as RN reservists and the company employed men from all over including many from as far afield as Sierra Leone.

Among the City of Cork Steam Packet Company ships lost were;

SS Kenmare. Torpedoed and sunk by U-104 on 2 March 1918 25 miles NW of Anglesey with the loss of 29 crewmen.

SS Inniscarra. Torpedoed and sunk by U-86 10 miles South of Ballycotton, Co. Cork with the loss of 28 crewmen.

SS Serula. Torpedoed and sunk by UB-64 off the Pembrokeshire coast on 16 September 1918 with the loss of 17 crew.

SS Kittiwake. Torpedoed and sunk 9 April 1917 25 miles NW of the Maas LV. 7 lives lost.

SS Lismore. Torpedoed and sunk 12 April 1917 22 miles NW of Havre. 5 lives lost.

SS Bandon Torpedoed and sunk 13 April 1917, 2½ miles SW of Mine Head, Co. Waterford. with the loss of 28 crewmen.

SS Dafila. Torpedoed and sunk 21 July 1917 by U-45 85 miles west of Fastnet. 2 lives lost. Second Engineer Alexander Edwards from Dundee and Fireman A Gannis from Constantinople.

SS Clangula. Torpedoed and sunk by UC- 77 on 19 November 1917 4 miles South-West of Hartland Point with the loss of 14 crewmen.

SS Ardmore. Sunk by U- 95 13 miles SW of the Coningbeg Light Ship on 13 Nov 1917 with the loss of 19 crewmen.

SS Lestris- Captured by the Germans in the North Sea on 5 July 1916. Crew interned.
 
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23rd May 1918

The sinking of HMS Moldavia

Moldavia began life as a passenger liner in 1903 working the UK- Australia route via the Suez Canal. In 1915 she was purchased by the Royal Navy and converted to an armed merchant cruiser.

She was serving as a troopship when she was sunk by UB- 57 on 23 May 1918, resulting in the deaths of 54 U.S. soldiers on the day and another at Western Heights Military Hospital, Dover 2 days later. As of last year HMS Moldavia is a war grave. The wreck is located off Beachy Head, Sussex.

On 14 August 1918 UB- 57 struck a mine off the Sussex coast and sank with the loss of 34 crew.
 
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Never heard of this chap before but he drowned 20 years ago on 12 June 1998 off the Welsh coast en route to Scotland.

Éric Tabarly - Wikipedia

Aside from gaining the Frog equivalent of a green lid and using the navy to further his sailing hobby, his one claim to fame seems to be that he was hanging out of the back doors of this:

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Aside from gaining the Frog equivalent of a green lid and using the navy to further his sailing hobby, his one claim to fame seems to be that he was hanging out of the back doors of this:

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She has certainly not aged too well, has she?
So much for all the creams, lotions and potions that she has no doubt applied over the years.
 

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She has certainly not aged too well, has she?
So much for all the creams, lotions and potions that she has no doubt applied over the years.
She was never keen on a facial.

(Please note this ladies, and adjust your attitude accordingly.)
 
13 June 1917

Modern warfare visited London in the shape of the first Gotha bomber raid. It was the third attempt by the Luftstreitkräfte to reach London, the first two having been foiled by poor visibility. On 13 June however the skies were clear and 20 bombers took off from an airfield at Ghent, Belgium with 14 of them reaching London. Not used to seeing hostile aircraft, many people went into the street to see the sight, which one onlooker described as like “ a dozen or so big aeroplanes scintillating like so many huge silver dragonflies”. Each of the dragonflies carried fourteen 50kg bombs which were dropped apparently randomly on the city, killing 162 people and wounding 426. One bomb hit Upper North Street School in Poplar killing 18 children.

Edited to add that thirteen people died when two bombs exploded at Liverpool Street Station.


A Gotha Bomber in flight.
Between May and August 1917, eight daylight raids were carried out over England, including three on London. From September 1917, improved British air defences forced the Germans to abandon daylight raids and switch to night operations. Due to heavy losses all raids were suspended in February 1918. On the night of 19 May 1918, 38 Gothas made the last and largest raid of the war on London, losing six planes to fighters and anti-aircraft fire with a seventh crashing on landing. In all, German bombers carried out 22 raids on England, dropping 186,830lb of bombs and killing 1,394 people.

The greatest effect of the raids was forcing large numbers of men, anti-aircraft guns, and searchlights to be kept in Britain, along with sixteen squadrons of the Royal Flying Corps. That said the experience gained was invaluable in preparing for the greater raids in WW2.
 
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