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U-Boot Type XXI in Detail

Part 2 - From torpedo room to officers' quarters

n Text by Frank Spahr
n Photos by Frank Spahr

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Overall view of the boat's conning tower.


One of the two access doors at the port side of the conning tower. 


View towards the bow with opened torpedo cover and sonar dome just visible above the waterline.


Detail of diving plane.


Here is where the interior walkthrough starts. Visitors enter the boat through a spacey opening cut into the hull inside the torpedo room and exit through another in the electrical engine room. In between we will navigate three watertight bulkheads and their circular openings in between. 


Two of the torpedo tubes are open on both ends so you can get a glimpse of their length and diameter - as shown here. 


The rear hatch of the torpedo tube...


Operating valves and switchboards in the torpedo room.


The torpedo room houses only four torpedo tubes as opposed to six of the original wartime design. Tubes V and VI of the U-2540 were deleted in the conversion. The remaining torpedo tubes were also equipped for mine laying. 

The aft part of the torpedo room was originally used for spare torpedoes and as crew living space.


The next watertight compartment originally housed the officers' quarters. This is the Leading Engineer's chamber. 

 During the Wilhelm Bauer's career some of the rooms were reused for various experiments in different configurations.


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