U-155 DEUTSCHLAND U-BOAT SUBMARINE COPPER ASHTRAY WWI
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Copper ashtray commemorating the World War I German U-boat U-155 DEUTSCHLAND, which served in the German Imperial Navy, prior to which it was the first merchant submarine, which successfully ran the British naval blockade twice to conduct publicity cruises to the United States in 1916.
Rectangular 7" x 5" ashtray presenting a detailed full-length depiction of the Deutschland, with the inscription "Made From Ex German Submarine DEUTSCHLAND Broken Up By Robert Smith & Sons Birkenhead," indicating that it is constructed from copper removed from the boat when it was scrapped. Fitted with a hanging wire at the top edge, shows slight verdigris in the crevices, else very good.
Between June 1917 and October 1918, the Deutschland sank 120,434 tons of shipping and damaged a further 9,080 tons of shipping. The submarine was surrendered in 1918 as part of the WWI armistice and was on exhibition in London. It was sold for scrap in 1921. When being broken up in 1922 by Robert Smith & Sons, an explosion ripped the ship apart killing 5 apprentices.