Antedating of "U-Boat"

Hugo hugovk at GMAIL.COM
Tue Oct 22 07:39:51 UTC 2013

Trove, "History of Submarines AN IRISHMAN THE INVENTOR. (Communicated.)",
Freeman's Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1932) Thursday 14 January 1915 p 13 Article.

Quoting Mr. Isaac L. Rice, chairman of the Electric Boat Company, of New York, about German infringement of his submarine patents:

I do not know the Ger-
man engineers who have figured in the de-
velopment of their underwater craft, and so
far as I know, the only name of the German
type is 'the U boats,' from the initial of


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> Date:    Tue, 22 Oct 2013 02:16:51 +0000
> From:    "Shapiro, Fred" <fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU>
> Subject: Antedating of "U-Boat"
> U-boat (OED July 1916)
> 1915 _Manchester Guardian_ 8 Mar. 9 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)  The o=
> fficial wireless message from Berlin on Saturday stated: -- With regard to =
> the loss of the submarine U 8, the papers remark that the destruction of on=
> e U-boat after a three weeks' U-boat war cannot be called an important triu=
> mph for the English.
> Fred Shapiro

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