MUST READ: 42 amazing images from a dive onto U89 by Dr Innes McCarthy the U Boat hunter


Amazing images from Dr Innes McCartney – the condition of this wreck is incredible.

U89 survived just over six months in service before it sunk by ramming off Malin Head. The large U-boats of the Kaiserliche Marine are fairly uncommon wrecks in coastal waters which made investigating this site a most interesting dive. The shot line has come down off the port side bows of the wreck (Innes McCartney)734448_197188863755034_1138152067_nThe bows have rotted away leaving the hydroplane as the most forward part of the wreck (Innes McCartney)424516_197188873755033_683954359_nTorpedo tubes come into view (Innes McCartney)


Looking down the conning tower hatch, the shaft of the wide angle periscope can be seen as well as the open hatch leading to the control room (Innes McCartney). 19323_199417350198852_598899526_nThe wide angle periscope in its housing, seen from above (Innes McCartney) 23335_199417373532183_1514922880_n

The top of the attack periscope (Innes McCartney) 37112_201071940033393_452420104_n

The damage which sunk U89 now becomes obvious – HMS Roxburgh clearly ran over the engine room, ripping the roof off (Innes McCartney). 66462_197189040421683_101967284_n

RU ammunition locker (Innes McCartney). 71850_201800883293832_872433709_n Pointing my camera inside reveals a mass of debris and electrical cables. A hole which looks like the type caused by the slicing action of a propeller can be seen (Innes McCartney).
74911_198314396975814_1599983161_nThe breech block of the 105mm gun with diver behind (Innes McCartney). 148322_205181359622451_1143631408_n Diver by the forward torpedo hatch (Innes McCartney).148788_202981246509129_868934771_n The netting appears to have drifted into the wreck (Innes McCartney).184669_197189013755019_1924433540_n U89 carried two guns. The large 105mm was on the foredeck (Innes McCartney)208381_201071946700059_659340853_n The 88mm gun mounted aft (Innes McCartney)295489_203533749787212_1080532181_nTorpedoes in the aft torpedo room (Innes McCartney). 296757_197188953755025_1431405205_nTorpedo tubes come into view (Innes McCartney). 309790_203533743120546_605641919_n Aft torpedo hatch (Innes McCartney).321438_197188977088356_1921484101_n Inside are fins of a torpedo (Innes McCartney) 385178_199417343532186_1811821369_n (1) The double periscope housing on the conning tower with hatch behind (Innes McCartney). 385295_198314160309171_2133165110_nAft of the 105mm, the conning tower comes into view (Innes McCartney). 385351_197189087088345_1930283654_n Tampion in the muzzle of the 105mm keeps the water out (Innes McCartney). 428270_203533779787209_90028547_n Auxiliary steering position? in the aft torpedo room (U505 has this feature) (Innes McCartney).481987_204489876358266_1587104169_nStern torpedo tubes with post side hydroplane in foreground (Innes McCartney). 483826_204489869691600_2081637093_n Stern tubes with doors shut (Innes McCartney)486076_201800893293831_2047633713_n The interior beckons.. (Innes McCartney). 523122_202981256509128_1723649293_n The much corroded hydroplane appears to have been set to hard arise (Innes McCartney).533600_201800903293830_115491488_n Turning aft the engines point astern, which is where I will explore next (Innes McCartney).543765_201800869960500_475285213_n Turning and looking forward the open bulkhead hatch leading into the control room can be seen (Innes McCartney).554310_201071933366727_56584642_n Aft of the conning tower two of the main tanks are still hanging on to the pressure hull (Innes McCartney).556595_205181329622454_641562974_n The forward radio mast survives even though most of the upper works have rotted away (Innes McCartney). 582544_197189030421684_1101980610_n Pressure-proof ready-use ammunition was stacked in lockers around the guns. They were soldered closed and could be popped open quickly for immediate firing when the U-boat surfaced (Innes McCartney). 582606_197188937088360_975298022_n A white circle of anemones shows where one tube has broken away from the hull (Innes McCartney). 601188_201071970033390_515225588_nThe diesel engines are now exposed (Innes McCartney) 601236_202981226509131_1152422015_n Port side prop shaft is bent and the “A” frame buckled (Innes McCartney).602853_205181346289119_1781023005_n Diver by conning tower (Innes McCartney).734073_197188993755021_935448446_n Above the torpedo tubes on the main deck the 105mm gun can be seen in the distance (Innes McCartney). 734156_204489849691602_506955523_n Starboard side prop partially buried (Innes McCartney).734400_203533769787210_1490406191_n Damage in the port side hull probably caused in the collision (Innes McCartney). 734465_205181292955791_1944787370_n The engines with the control room hatchway behind. Ballast tanks either side (Innes McCartney).734480_198314280309159_1767039591_n Aft torpedo hatch (Innes McCartney). 734780_198314233642497_1583788048_n (1) Torpedoes lying on the deck, having fallen from their stowage rack (Innes McCartney). 945062_274218422718744_1930714530_n U89 had four bow tubes, three of which are visible, inner doors shut (Innes McCartney).


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