Submarine is almost home
A U-17, class 206A submarine with a length of about 48 metres, A U-17, and a weight of about 500 tons has completed the trip over the Waal and then over the Rhine past Cologne Cathedral, the Loreley and the Deutsches Eck in Koblenz to Speyer.
Royal Van der Wees Group completed the transport onboard its floating pontoon Lastdrager 27 earlier this month, and the U-Boot is now waiting for the last leg of the trip to be completed.
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The U-Boot will be transported on public roads from the harbour to the Technikmuseum Speyer. Spedition Kübler will be realising this transport transport on 30 axle lines Scheuerle InterCombi platform trailers. Such a long combination allegedly is the longest one ever used on public roads, TII Scheurele said.
The submarine has a length of about 48 metres and a draft of 4.6 metres displacing about 500 tons. The deployment area of the submarine was mainly in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. Later after conversion to the 206 Alpha class the submarine was also deployed in the Mediterranean Sea.
The U-17 has performed a very special mission. Together with the U-26, it was the first German submarine in American waters after World War II. It was also the first to enter Baltimore harbor after the last submarine docked there in 1916 (U-Germany).
The Type 206 boats served the German Navy for almost 40 years, longer than any other submarine before that.