Voyage of the Deutschland, the First Merchant Submarine

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Hearst's International Library Company, 1916 - 247 pages
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Page 55 - Stop!" And suddenly there was a deep silence. We slowly assembled our proper legs and arms and thought hard over what had happened. The vessel had slanted down toward the bows at an angle of about 36 degrees. She was standing, so to speak, on her head. Our bow was fast upon the bottom of the sea — our stern was still oscillating up and down like a mighty pendulum. The manometer showed a depth of about 15 meters. I soon had a clear picture of our situation — it was far from cheering.
Page 111 - ... day after day. The phosphorescence of the sea seriously hindered the lookout. One was almost blinded, the eyes grew painful, and the vision became unsteady through this persistent coruscation of the waves in the coal-black night. This was rather uncomfortable, for we had now reached a region which was intersected by many steamer routes, and it was necessary to take double precautions. In addition to this, the weather grew extremely vicious. A rough sea began to rise. Heavy showers of hail came...
Page 7 - ... derelict— while the English cruisers were prowling about the Canal and the Shetlands and taking the American mails from neutral ships at four miles distance from New York? I shrugged my shoulders and was silent. Then the secret came out. Herr Lohmann now told me that he was entertaining the idea of running a line of submarine merchant ships between Germany and America. He asked me whether I was willing to navigate the first of these vessels? The first trip would be to Newport News. He knew...
Page 27 - ... same time the electric engines are put into motion and the propulsive force of the propellers acts upon the diving rudders and causes the sinking to become a gliding. After the required depth has been reached — something which may easily be read from the manometer that records the depth — all further sinking may be stopped by simply lightening the hull, which is done by forcing out some of the water in the submarine's tanks. The furious growling of the pump is always a sure sign that the...
Page 10 - ... dance at the sight. But after this monster, with its tangle of tubes and pipes, had been duly christened, and its huge gray-green body had slid majestically into the water, it suddenly became a ship. It swam in its element as though born to it — as though it had never known another. For the first time I trod the tiny deck and mounted the turret to the navigation platform. From here I glanced down and was surprised to see beneath me a long, slender craft — with gracious lines and dainty contours.
Page 54 - ... significance of this new situation when there came a severe shock. We were hurled to the floor and everything that was not fastened down went flying in all directions. We found ourselves in the queerest attitudes — and stared into one another's faces. There was a grim silence for a moment, then First Officer Krapohl remarked dryly: "Well, we seem to have arrived!
Page 53 - ... wave. There was not a moment to be lost. I ordered the diving rudder to be set still more sharply and both engines to drive ahead with full power. The whole vessel quivered and thrilled under the increased pressure of the engines and made several leaps. She staggered about in the furious seas—but still seemed loath to leave the surface.
Page 107 - ... and laughed until the tears rolled down our cheeks. The humor of the thing was simply overwhelming. Our beautiful framework, which was intended to hide the character of our craft and render us inconspicuous, was precisely what had first attracted the attention of the gallant steamer. She apparently took us for a wreck or a ship in distress and came on with the best of intentions, only to be suddenly confronted with the diabolical subterfuge of a hypocritical submarine! I wonder what the people...
Page 230 - ... states of the German Empire, and in the countries of our faithful allies. But especially deep is the feeling of our brothers out in the trenches and in the Navy. "The Company has awaited this return with an absolute confidence in the ability, the foresight and the sense .of duty of the Deutschland's crew.
Page 119 - Temperature must not rise any higher if the men are to remain any longer in the engine-room." But they did endure it. They remained erect like so many heroes, they did their duty, exhausted, glowing hot, and bathed in sweat, until the storm center lay behind us, until the weather cleared, until the sun broke through the clouds, and the diminishing seas permitted us once more to open the hatches. And then these men came up out of their hell; pale, streaming with oil and covered with grime, they came...

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