WWI U-boats

UC 70

Type UC II
ShipyardBlohm & Voss, Hamburg (Werk 286)
Ordered 12 Jan 1916
Launched 7 Aug 1916
Commissioned 20 Nov 1916
22 Nov 1916 - 22 Jun 1917 Oblt. Werner Fürbringer (Royal House Order of Hohenzollern)
15 Apr 1918 - 8 Jun 1918 Oblt. Kurt Loch
8 Jun 1918 - 28 Aug 1918 Oblt. Karl Dobberstein
Career 10 patrols
22 Feb 1917 - 28 Aug 1918 Flandern/Flandern II Flotilla
Successes33 ships sunk with a total of 27,078 tons.
7 ships damaged with a total of 27,513 tons. (View ships hit by UC 70)
Fate 28 Aug 1918 - Sunk by D/C from HMS Ouse off E coast of England at 54°32’N, 00°40’W. 31 dead (all hands lost).

The boat lies in position 54.31'.611 N 000.40'.024 W (WGS84) in a depth of 24m (lowest astronomical depth), 2.80-miles NW from Whitby north pier, North Yorkshire. She is intact and upright, but many parts of her seams have blown and two hatches are open, plus the conning tower hatch is open. The deck gun and periscope are still in place. She is half full of silt, with wires and cables festooning the interior. In 1992 one of her props was recovered. When the German Embassy in London found out about it they declared her a war grave.

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