Study of a surrendered German submarine, seen from astern
Inscribed by the artist 'Hun submarine', lower right. This expressive and broadly handled sketch of a neglected-looking U-boat is probably a submarine of the group U117 to U126, all of which surrendered in 1918. U117 went to the USA. U118, U119 and U121 went to France but U118 was wrecked on the beach at Hastings, en route, on 15 April 1919 and was broken up there. U120 went to Italy and U125 went to Japan. U122 and U123 were allocated to Britain: both ran aground on the east coast in 1921 while on tow and were also broken up 'in situ'. U124 and U126 were also allocated to Britain: the former was broken up at Swansea in 1922 but the latter was re-commissioned for trials for a short time and broken up on the Medway in 1923. Which is shown here is not determinable. If shortly after the surrender it might be any, if later probably one of those allocated to Britain depending on where seen - which appears to be afloat and from a slightly higher vantage point.
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