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Photographer:ventuari [View profile]Title:KMS U995Added:Dec 27, 2017
Captured:December 02, 2017IMO:UnavailableHits:3,080
Location:Laboe, Germany
Photo Category: Museum Ships
U-995 view from the top of Laboe Naval Memorial tower (Marine-Ehrenmal) Laboe, Germany.
Well friends, one of the photos of which I feel most proud, joke, believe me.
First, hard negotiations with my wife at Kiel, after the OK to go, a travel by bus between Kiel and Laboe hafen of almost 50 minutes and more than 20 stops before Laboe, cold like hell ( real feel -4 deg.) at sea level, strong wind, and then light rain, but... still a 1350 meters walk between the bus stop and the ticket office-entrance to the Memorial and U995(no taxi available at the moment). After more than one hour walking around the Memorial different rooms and spaces, that I enjoyed with all due respect, I went to the Tower (a real fast,fast elevator) and up 80 meters to the "lower" top. A complete 360 deg. beautiful but foggy view around, but no way to see complete the U995 because the high metal fence above the wall all around the observation platform, I went to the top-top observation deck by the stairs (like 2 floors above) When I opened the door the cold and strong wind and of course light rain strucked me. No cover all around that top platform so just I tried to take some shots with the camera high over my head and through the metal fence spaces. Trying not to tremble or move the camera because of the wind and the cold. So when I finish (after taking around 10 shots at all) I run away down to cover. Nobody else at the elevator, lower top and open top Tower observation platforms.
I finished my visit to the Tower and I rested at the tower base for few minutes ( recovering...). Then I went to visit the U995. After almost 3 hours ( total time visiting the Memorial, Tower and U995),I went back to Kiel the same way (with the same bad weather, with the same 1350 meters walking back, with the same 50 minutes bus ride and so on...), to find out the my wife in the meantime, enjoyed a hot spa session and shopping time at Kiel (thats why negotiations still works for me)
Details: Bus line 100 Kiel Hbf. to Laboe Hafen 3,20 Eu each way. Tickets (Kombi-Karte) 9,50 Eu (both, U995 and Memorial) Open from 1000-1600 hours (season: 1 Nov-28 Feb) different for other seasons. Souvenirs at Tickets-Office shop: not that much related to U995, no U995 mugs, but a couple of things.
Didnt mentioned before but I didnt check the shots but until my return to the Kiel hotel...I was praying all the way back...jeje, and the result was not bad at all.
The U995 its a "must" for submarine lovers. I enjoyed the visit like a kid. Its well maintained and interesting at all.
Hope you like the shot.
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U995 data:
Ordered: 14 October 1941
Builder: Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
Yard number: 195
Laid down: 25 November 1942
Launched: 22 July 1943
Commissioned: 16 September 1943
Class and type: Type VIIC/41 submarine
Displacement: 759 tonnes(747 long tons)surfaced
860 tonnes (846 long tons) submerged
Length: 67.10 m / 50.50 m pressure hull
Beam: 6.20 m / 4.70 m pressure hull
Draught: 4.74 m
Power: 2 Diesel engines x (2,100–2,400 kW; 2,800–3,200 bhp)
2 Electric motors x (550 kW; 740 shp)
Propulsion: 2 shafts
Speed: 17.7 knots surfaced / 7.6 knots submerged
Range: 8, 10 knots surfaced 4 knots submerged
Test depth: 230 m(750 ft)/Calculated crush depth: 250–295 m (820–968 ft)
Complement: 4 officers, 40–56 enlisted.
Armament: 5 × 53.3 cm (21 in) torpedo tubes(4 bow,1 stern)
14 ×torpedoes
FLAK: 1 single 3.7 cm Flak M42U gun and 2 pair of
twin Flak 38 20mm "Flakzwilling"
Service record
Part of: Kriegsmarine 5th U-boat Flotilla (Training), 16
September 1943–31 May 1944
13th U-boat Flotilla(Front Boat),1 June 1944–28
February 1945
14th U-boat Flotilla(Front Boat),1 March–8 May 1945
Operations: 9 patrols
Victories: 3 ships sunk for 1,560 GRT
1 auxiliary warship sunk for 633 GRT
1 warship sunk for 105 tons
1 ship a total loss for 7,176 GRT
At the end of the war on 8 May 1945 she was stricken at Trondheim, Norway. She was surrendered to the British and then transferred to Norwegian ownership in October 1948. In December 1952, U995 became the Norwegian submarine Kaura and in 1965 she was stricken from service by the Royal Norwegian Navy. She then was offered to the German government for the ceremonial price of one Deutsche Mark. The offer was turned down; but the Boat was saved by the German Navy League, DMB, where she became a museum ship at Laboe Naval Memorial in October 1971.

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Pennant no.:U995
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ventuari on Dec 31, 2017 13:59 (1 year ago)
Hi guys. Thanks a lot for all the likes to the shot. Wish you all and yours a Happy New Year 2018.
MBregards from Lanzarote Island, Canary Islands.
ventuari on Dec 28, 2017 17:39 (1 year ago)
Hi Emmanuel. Thanks for your kind comments and words and for sharing your memories with all of us. Glad you like the shot and related story my friend.
MBregards from Tenerife
ventuari on Dec 28, 2017 17:35 (1 year ago)
Hi Robert West. Thanks a lot for your kind comments about the shot and the related story. Glad you like it.
ventuari on Dec 28, 2017 17:33 (1 year ago)
Hi D.Boyd. Thanks for your comments. I must say that I agree with your opinion comparing the WWII submariners living conditions with todays, no way, and of course talking about claustrophobia its not the same (like you say) " port aboard one it was no problem knowing I could leave, but at submerged at sea it is much different knowing one is confined"
Well my friend thanks for your comments again.
MBregards from Tenerife, Canary Islands.
Emmanuel.L on Dec 28, 2017 14:31 (1 year ago)
My only experience with submarines was when I was an electrical apprentice at the ex-British navy dockyard, then Baileys (Malta) Ltd. now Palumbo Shipyard.I remember the extremely confined spaces onboard, the extreme heat and noise from chippers and riveters during the refit of these submarines in ex-No.1 dock.I remember one British seaman telling me that the builders and designers first put in the machinery and equipment and then somehow put in the bunks for the seamen.I remember working on the HMS SEA DEVIL , the HMS TOTEM and the HMS TOKEN .This was way back in 1960 and 61.

Thanks for sharing this superb photo and evoking these memories.
regards and thanks
Robert West on Dec 28, 2017 13:48 (1 year ago)
Thanks for your excellent photograph and taking the time to share your experience.
D. Boyd on Dec 28, 2017 12:56 (1 year ago)
My only experience with submarines was several times aboard Los Angeles class nuclear submarines, once for more than a week underway (and mostly underwater). For anyone used to the surface navy even a modern submarine can give feelings of claustrophobia. In port aboard one it was no problem knowing I could leave, but at submerged at sea it is much different knowing one is confined. Todays subs are luxurious compared to any World War II era submarine is surely an understatement. I cannot fathom the mentality of men who could endure such conditions.
ventuari on Dec 28, 2017 12:45 (1 year ago)
Hi Michael. Yes, agree with you about going there again but in spring or summertime for sure. My last time at Kiel was in 1980...and next time I will visit Kiel Canal area. You are right about the SFK ferry between Kiel HBF and Laboe Hafen. I checked the schedules but my trip to Laboe was on Saturday and the timing was not good (less trips Kiel-Laboe-Kiel on Saturdays) of course a sea trip much more interesting and more ships spotter friendly than a bus trip, but, the saturday timing...Thanks for your info-data and input to visit the Laboe area.
MBregards from Tenerife, Canary Islands.
ventuari on Dec 28, 2017 12:24 (1 year ago)
Hi Wartsilasulzer. Thanks a lot for your kind comments my friend. MBregards from Tenerife, Canry Islands.
ventuari on Dec 28, 2017 12:20 (1 year ago)
Hi Davidships. Thanks for your kind comments about the shot and of course your kind words too about the "author"...jeje. Thanks again my friend.
MBregards from Tenerife, Canary Islands.
ventuari on Dec 28, 2017 12:13 (1 year ago)
Hi Jury G. Thanks to you for your kind words about the U995 shot and the "cold" like hell short story. Thanks again.
MBregards from Tenerife, Canary Islands.
ventuari on Dec 28, 2017 12:09 (1 year ago)
Hi Juan. Just do it, take the U-505 inside tour there at Chicago. Its like once in the lifetime. Forget your claustrophobic feeling. Go ahead because its interesting and most important live "History". In my case, lets say "dramatic visit" jeje, was mainly because the season-weather. But it doesnt matter. I enjoyed everything about my visit, even the frozen-cold-wind-rain-long walk,bad weather.Because finally I was there and I achieved my goal. Thanks for your kind comments.
MBregards from Tenerife,Canary Islands.

Michael Neidig on Dec 28, 2017 10:45 (1 year ago)
Hi Ventuari,
by the way there is a possibility to go by ship from Kiel main station to Laboe. As well around 50 minutes sailing time, but much more interesting than the way by bus. And I suggest to visit Laboe in spring or summertime. The rain is much warmer than!
Kind regards Michael
wartsilasulzer on Dec 28, 2017 10:07 (1 year ago)
Very good photograph ventuari, nice one 👍
davidships on Dec 28, 2017 09:10 (1 year ago)
A well-deserved front-page photo, Ventuari - and special gold stars for fortitude and patience!
Jury Gusev on Dec 28, 2017 07:13 (1 year ago)
Hello, Ventuari!
Thank you so much for picture and cool story.
Brgds Gusev
Juan de la Cruz on Dec 28, 2017 00:07 (1 year ago)
I've visited the U-505 at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. My visit was nowhere near as dramatic as yours. Coldest was going from the car to the front door. The sub museum is all enclosed.

The one thing I did not do, though the opportunity existed, was to take the inside tour. As I've aged I've become just a bit too claustrophobic to really want to get inside an "iron coffin" (Herbert A Werner title of his book detailing his experiences in U Boats in WWII).

At a younger age, I've done tours of US boats, never a German one. I need to do that. Next time I go to Chicago, I am going to force myself to do so.

Thanks for the pic and story.
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