uboat.net in 2000
1999 was colorful but our efforts on this site have never been higher than in the year 2000 (although 2001 is already surpassing that benchmark).
Enough said, onto the listing.
The database work
Most of the year was spent on the database projects and massive amounts of time were spent on data entry (which I hate with a passion, but was necessary).
Some highlights from the database work during 2000:
- Dec 17. We finished the U-boat patrols database with over 5100 individual entries for all U-boats during the war. Massive job!
- Jan 11. The listing of all 1411 German U-boat commanders during WWII was finished and installed.
- Added information on the death date of over 730 former U-boat commanders to our databases.
- The Wolfpack database was created with almost 1000 entries.
- May. Successes against aircraft was opened from the database.
- U-boat Commanders as POWs database was created
- Books - Bestsellers. We started collecting data for this feature in the fall.
- Books - Translations. This was added to our databases and served from it.
- Books - Errata listings. We opened this database in October. At the end of the year we had 242 entries in there.
- Ships attacked. Created this database formally, it now shows about 3300 ships and is a major section within the Conning Tower.
Added some 322 books to our databases in the year 2000. Also added lots of book covers, probably close to 200 of them.
We also added 58 book reviews to the site.
Members Area (The Conning Tower)
Heavy development was spent on this upcoming section in 2000 but the section was not opened until Feb 18, 2001.
MiscIn March the site was moved to a new server at Rackspace where is stayed until Oct 2, 2001. This was a vast improvement in speed an reliability.
- The site grew by over 3000 pages to 5550 pages. We also added some 150 photographs.
On Sept 15 there was a very nice article (2 pages) on Guğmundur Helgason and uboat.net itself in the largest newspaper in Iceland.
On Sept 9 I met Tonya Allen here in Iceland after working with her on this site for a long time. My attempts to get her and her husband Ray to eat strange Icelandic foods were not quite successful :)