A German sub at Birling Gap

Rouser 2013
Rouser 2013

This rather faded photograph shows workmen breaking up 
a German submarine at Birling Gap, near Beachy Head.

It was sent to the now defunct Sussex County Magazine in 1929. She was one of the submarines, during 
the division of the spoils of war after the Armistice, which 
fell to France; while being towed to Cherburg the 
hawser snapped and she 
came ashore at the Seven 
Sisters. That was in March, 1919.

The sub was broken up by a firm of Welsh ironmasters for re-smelting.

A somewhat remarkable coincidence is that the 
submarine came ashore within a few yards of the Ushta, an Italian tramp boat, wrecked during the war.

The crew were all saved.