10:44 - Merry Christmas to you all!
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
12:34 - Improved U-boat patrols page
Greatly improved the U-boat patrols pages. Now it shows the boats at sea on this day in 1942 for example. Also U-boat markers on the patrol maps show more details on patrol, such as if the boat was lost on this patrol.
21:19 - New map server
We launched our own map server using OpenStreetMap data. Very exciting day! Now all maps on uboat.net are from the new server and we can develop more and more interesting maps.
23:05 - Maps of ships hit by U-boats (WWI and WWII)
Finished adding both Ships hit by U-boats in WWII (3336 maps) and WWI (3946 maps). This is a stop-gap until I finish a better solution I am working on.
21:24 - WWI U-boat fates now also have maps again
Finished adding the new static maps to all 146 U-boats of WWI that have a known fate position, see U-29 for example.
20:35 - Returned the U-boat fate maps
I have just re-activated the U-boat fates maps for all U-boats, see U-2511 for example. They are now static (fixed image) so no zoom is available for now. Working on re-adding the maps to Ships attacked, WWI U-boat fates and Allied Warships.
12:42 - Google Maps dramatic pricing changes
On 16 July Google Maps increased their prices for the dynamic maps we use on the site 15-fold. I am working on solving this problem since we use the maps heavily all over the site. In the mean time I might have to disable some major map section.
16:49 - KrvKpt. Reinhard Hardegen has passed away
We have learned that KrvKpt. Reinhard Hardegen (former commander of U-123, of Operation Drumbeat fame) has passed away on 9 June 2018 at the age of 105.
11:14 - U 3523 discovered of Denmark
The wreck of the type XXI U-boat U-3523 has been located in 400 feet off the danish island of Skagen, slightly west of the estimated sinking location. She joins many other discovered U-boat wrecks post-war. A danish source with nice illustrations and scans showing the boat on embedded in the sea floor.
- Modified movie title Hitler's Lost Sub.
09:34 - U-boat successes map improved
Improved the map of ships hit by the most successful U-boats. We only have A-Z (26) markers labels and the map had a problem if asked for more than that (ships would be missing on map). Now ships after the 26th are shown with a plain marker. See successes of U-107 for example. 43 hits by only 26 names labels, now all 43 are visible and working. This affects about 20 most successful boats. This will be improved further soon.
10:08 - Map improvements
Made big changes to our maps. 3 of them now show allied ships sunk in the area in question. Check out those example: Caribbean, US East Coast and the Barents Sea/Arctic. Scroll to the bottom of each page. Hope you like it!
- Modified movie title Enemy Below, The.
23:36 - Convoy route maps improved
Improved the convoy route maps quite a bit. Now all the ships on that route hit are shown in colour by year. See the heavily attacked route HX for example. Convoy maps now show labels (A-Z) matching the list of ships above, see HX-79.
19:58 - WWI Commander search improved
Added the WWI U-boat Commander search into the WWI sidebar, it was too difficult to find before. Made it a lot faster and it also shows each man's U-boat command.
08:37 - New server has been launched!
On Tuesday night, Sep 26, we launched our new server and all the work associated with that project. No visible changes to the site at this time but we're much better and should be faster as well.
- Modified movie title Haie und Kleine Fische.
- Modified movie title Haie und Kleine Fische.
13:04 - Ships hit by U-boats crewlist update
Added 1,170 people on Allied Ships hit by U-boats in WWII. We now have 88,011 people in that database.
11:11 - New WWI wreck found?
Yahoo News is reporting that a Type IIB U-boat from WWI has been found largely intact with 23 crew members still on board. We don't know if this is really a new wreck find or something we knew already about since there is no location given. But if a new discovery if might be one of UB 27, UB 29 or UB 32 which have not been located as far as we know. See our map of WWI U-boats discovered since their loss.
23:51 - Allied Commanders pages updated
Over the last two days photos of 269 Allied Commanders have been added to their profiles. We now have 664 profile photos of those men. Most of those photos have been submitted by our readers, often relatives of the commanders, and we're most grateful for that.
11:52 - Major rewrite of the site
In preparation of a wider overhaul a rewrite of the code behind the site is underway. Following that a new server will be launched and then an overhaul of the layout of the site, making it more mobile friendly for example.
16:23 - Ships hit by U-boats crewlist update
Added 1,530 people on Allied Ships hit by U-boats in WWII. We now have 86,758 people in that database.
18:52 - Allied Warship wartime service histories
Brian has been busy adding Wartime histories on the Allied Warship section. Now 250 warships have such histories, the last one added was the US Battleship USS Iowa, also the first not for a submarine. 249 of these wartime histories are submarines of the Royal Navy (165), United States Navy (50), Dutch Navy (32) and Norwegian Navy (2). The warship section also includes over 40,000 notes displayed on relevant warships.
17:37 - Wreck of U 581 located in the Azores
The wrekc of U-581, sunk on 2 February 1942 in the North Atlantic south-east of Horta, Azores, has been located See more on our forums.
22:36 - Ships hit by U-boats crewlist update
Added 2,241 people on Allied Ships hit by U-boats in WWII. We now have 85,085 people in that database.
19:05 - Happy New Year!
Happy New Year from us here at uboat.net! Hopefully lots of updates and changes coming this year :).
20:14 - Server outage
The server farm we're on had a problem yesterday (Saturday) and the machine has been acting strangely since. We're looking into the problem and the site might act oddly (or disappear from time to time) until we solve this. Edit: We seem to have solved this.
20:12 - U-576 wreck footage off Cape Hatteras
Check out this amazing footage of the wreck of U-576, lost with all hands in 1942 off Cape Hatteras on her 5th war patrol.
21:33 - Ships hit by U-boats crewlist update
Added 1,259 people on Allied Ships hit by U-boats in WWII. We now have 82,621 people in that database.
22:42 - Big site changes coming up
Having completed my studies I can now concentrate back on the site in a stronger way. Very soon the server will be completely rebuilt to serve the site even better. The site will also be made more mobile friendly since lot of our visitors are on mobile devices. Just to name a few things :)