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U-1105 Black Panther

PRESALE: Book will be shipped when released the first week of April.


The second book in The Shipwreck Monograph Series. Each book is loaded with spectacular underwater photography and is accompanied by rare, archival, and historical images.


U-1105 is a modified Type VII-C German submarine built at the Nordseewerke Shipyard in Emden, Germany, and was commissioned in the Kriegsmarine. Nicknamed "Black Panther", U-1105 was one of only 13 submarines outfitted with an experimental rubber skin known as Alberich. The skin was designed to evade Allied sonar - an early stealth technology. During U-1105's only war patrol, she torpedoed the British frigate HMS Redmill killing 32 crewmen. U-1105 surrendered at Loch Eriboll, Scotland at the end of World War Two and was a sought after war prize for study of its unique rubber skin. After radar, snorkel, and noise trials by the British Royal Navy, U-1105 was transferred to the US Navy which used U-1105 for explosive testing. A 250-pound depth charge sent U-1105 to the bottom of the Potomac River in 1949 for the sixth and final time. U-1105 remained lost to history until she was re-discovered in 1985 in 91 feet (27.7 meters) of water. U-1105 is the most accessible U-boat off the US East Coast.

U-1105 Black Panther

SKU: 0005

  • "In typical Erik Petkovic fashion, another impeccable book about a subject that fascinates military historians and wreck divers – German U-boats. I have been studying these war machines for many years, and yet I still managed to learn some things about them from this book that I did not know. For that very reason, Erik has always been a favorite researcher and writer for Wreck Diving Magazine, because he always manages to find facts and photographs that somehow elude others, and U-1105 Black Panther is no exception.

    In this book, Erik covers the U-boats’ famed history and their enormous contribution to the German war effort, the early life of U-1105, and its ultimate place in history. Modern-day wreck divers and war buffs alike will appreciate his first-hand accounts of viewing the wreck up close as she sits on the bottom today."

    Joe Porter, Publisher – Wreck Diving Magazine

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