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Old 09-05-2019, 09:07 PM   #1
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Hello subsimers,

this was a surprise for me, do you expected to see a mini lathe onboard ?
(the author of the pic says that it is from U-505, captured in WW2 and presently on display in Chicago Illinois)

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Old 09-05-2019, 09:10 PM   #2
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Yeah, a real surprise
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Old 09-07-2019, 07:06 AM   #3
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Well, U-505 was a type-9. Significantly larger than the more commonly known and portraid type 7. I'd say there is more space for that. If you are out of port for weeks and need to repair stuff, I'd want such a thing on board.
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Old 09-07-2019, 02:57 PM   #4
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The German wikipedia entry for the type XXI said that most of the XXI were equipped with a 'lathe' (didn't know this term, but the tool in the picture is the one mentioned in the article).

The lathe was fitted because the project "Ursel" wasn't ready. Ursel was a weapon system featuring a solid fuel rocket booster torpedo for active defense against destroyers / sub-hunters.
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Old 09-07-2019, 11:38 PM   #5
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Very cool Makman94. Thanks for that.
Have seen the 505, but it has been some years. Highly recommended.



Can't remember. Makes sense though.





There is a YouTube video (can't find the link) of a type IX on patrol and they have salvage wet gear. Shows them going over the side to do some welding repairing something.
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Interesting. Lathes require a lot of power and room to operate, let alone the pitching/rolling of the sub.
Can be very messy too, what with the cutting oil and scrap metal.
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Old 09-10-2019, 01:41 AM   #7
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Very cool Makman94. Thanks for that.
Have seen the 505, but it has been some years. Highly recommended.



Can't remember. Makes sense though.





There is a YouTube video (can't find the link) of a type IX on patrol and they have salvage wet gear. Shows them going over the side to do some welding repairing something.
Hi Leoz,

have you took any pics from your visit there? If yes, please show

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Can be very messy too, what with the cutting oil and scrap metal.
Hi John,

this one is a small lathe so, i guess, it wouldn't be so power consuming.It looks that they had it for making small shafts,gears or threads on the fly (really necessery item imo). Cleaning oil and scrap metal, for sure, was not a problem for the...captain...all he said was "clean the lathe"..."yes sir"....
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Old 09-10-2019, 03:45 AM   #8
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Makman. Unfortunately no. I was little then. Just remember it was big; in good condition; and I remember the blue checkered bedding on the bunks.

Will go back and get plenty of photos.



They could make an amazing display there if they could ever dig up the proper sit-down attack scope; make duplicates of it and have about 8 of them on a floor where people could sit down and take a spin in it.



I have been on 3 museum U.S. fleet boats (Hawaii, Mobile, Baltimore) I seem to remember maybe they had a lathe on them....


Off topic: thanks for all of the wonderful mod work you have done. Extremely grateful.
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Hi Leoz,

have you took any pics from your visit there? If yes, please show



Hi John,

this one is a small lathe so, i guess, it wouldn't be so power consuming.It looks that they had it for making small shafts,gears or threads on the fly (really necessery item imo). Cleaning oil and scrap metal, for sure, was not a problem for the...captain...all he said was "clean the lathe"..."yes sir"....



Yeah, even the smaller ones (that one isn't the smallest by far) take a lot of power and the mess on the lathe isn't the problem; the debris/oil gets all over the floor, etc. too. let alone storage for the metal used for any job.


Never would have guessed; thanks for the post and thanks for your modding work !
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Makman. Unfortunately no. I was little then. Just remember it was big; in good condition; and I remember the blue checkered bedding on the bunks.

Will go back and get plenty of photos.



They could make an amazing display there if they could ever dig up the proper sit-down attack scope; make duplicates of it and have about 8 of them on a floor where people could sit down and take a spin in it.



I have been on 3 museum U.S. fleet boats (Hawaii, Mobile, Baltimore) I seem to remember maybe they had a lathe on them....


Off topic: thanks for all of the wonderful mod work you have done. Extremely grateful.
hi Leoz,
oh yes....very good idea but they haven't done it allready? i mean looking through the scope is what everyone has in his mind to do first when visiting it...

Take as much photos as you can and share them, it always so time consuming searching for a specific part and realize that may noone ever take a pic of it

Thank you very much for your kind words, i really appreciate them

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Yeah, even the smaller ones (that one isn't the smallest by far) take a lot of power and the mess on the lathe isn't the problem; the debris/oil gets all over the floor, etc. too. let alone storage for the metal used for any job.


Never would have guessed; thanks for the post and thanks for your modding work !
hi John,
yes there are much smaller lathes (i know) but this one doesn't look to belong to the big ones. Anyway, i am not an expert so what i said was a guess and i read your informing post with interest This one that you said about the metal storage seems so logical and....heavy (i mean heavy with the real meaning of the word).
i have seen lathe working (in fact, once i was operating it under the owner's eye and directions) and i know the mess of oil and debris you are talking about
Thank you too for your kind words John
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Yeah. Was a very nice day spent touring the Boat.
I'll check to see if I have more pics saved somewhere.
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Visiting the U 505 in Chicago was like a trip to Mecca to this old boy.

I knew a lot about the boat, it's war history, it's crew and it's captors. I knew even more when I left.

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