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HMCS U-889

Former German U-Boat U-889

U-889 after her surrender in May 1945

From the collection of John Stewart, Slt, RCNVR

Courtesy of Jim Stewart

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Badge associated with U-889


Laid down: 13 Sep 1943

Launched: 05 Apr 1944

Commissioned: 04 Aug 1944

Surrendered to RCN: 13 May 1945

Commissioned: 14 May 1945

Paid off: 12 Jan 1946

Transferred to the USN: 12 Jan 1946

Fate: Sunk as a torpedo target ship in 1947


U-889 was a IXC/40 type U-boat, built by Deutsche Schiff und Machinbau Ag Weser, Bremen, launched in 1944 and commissioned 04 Aug 1944. Her specifications on completion were: Displacement: 1120 / 1232 tons, Length: 252 ft, Beam: 22 ft, Draught: 19 ft, Speed: 18 / 7 kts, Armament: 6-21" TT, 2-37mm (1xII). U-889 was Commanded by Kptlt Friedrich Braeucker, and sailed from Germany by way of Norway in early Apr 1945. After an uneventful weather ship patrol and at the end of hostilities in accordance with instructions U-889 surfaced & was spotted by an RCAF Liberator some 250 miles south-east of Flemish Cap on 10 May 1945. U-889 surrender, at sea, to RCAF, U-889 hoisted the black flag of surrender to the RCAF Liberator. It took two low passes by the Liberator before the flag went up. They were arming depth charges and setting the bombsight when she made the hoist. The Liberator stood by until the ships appeared.  Subsequently HMCS Oshawa J330, HMCS Rockcliffe J355, HMCS Saskatoon K158, HMCS Dunvegan K177 intercepted U-889 that day 175 miles SSE of Cape Race. HMCS Rockcliffe and HMCS Dunvegan were instructed to escort U-889 into Shelburne, NS. However, 24hrs after the interception, the 2 ships passed their charge to the frigates HMCS Buckingham K685 and HMCS Inch Arran K667 of EG 28 some 140 miles SSE of Sable Island. An "official" surrender of U-889 took place 13 May 1945 off the Shelburne Whistle Buoy, 7 miles from the antisubmarine boom gate. U-889 was commissioned HMC S/M U-889 on 14 May 1945, for testing and evaluation, of particular interest were her acoustic torpedoes & highly developed German GHG hydrophone array. U-889 was one of 10 U-boats assigned to the U.S., as a result "a Canadian steaming crew" sailed on 11 Jan 1946 with her for Portsmouth NH. HMC S/M U-889 was Paid off 12 Jan 1946 and turned over to the USN.


Photos and Documents


Commanding Officers

Lt E.A.D. Holmes, RNCR - 14 May 1945 - 27 May 1945

Lt Colin William Perry, RCNVR - 28 May 1945 - 27 Oct 1945

Lt James Rodney Johnston, RCNVR - 28 Oct 1945 - 12 Jan 1946


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


McPhee, George Lorimer







Whitney, Kenneth H.







Former Crew Members

Beverley, Maurice Outhit, Lt, RCNVR - 25 May 1945




Photos and Documents


Newspaper article on the surrender of U-889

From the collection of John Acorn

Courtesy of Barry Acorn

Guarded by Canadian sailors, some of U-889's crew stand on the deck of Fairmile motor launch Q-117. The Royal Canadian Navy removed U-889's crew following the U-Boat's surrender at Shelburne, Nova Scotia. On this, its first war patrol, the submarine had left Germany in March, stopping in Norway before heading into the Atlantic in early April. It surrendered before it could carry out orders to attack shipping off the port of New York. U-889's crew were fortunate: an estimated 75 per cent of U-Boat crew members did not survive the war.

Source: George Metcalf Archival Collection

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Courtesy of the Canadian War Museum

Surrender of the German submarine U-889 and hoisting of the British ensign 12 miles off Shelburne, NS, May 13, 1945

Photographed by the Royal Canadian Navy (MS-2-202 Box 23, Folder 12, photograph 1571)

Source: Dalhousie Library

Surrender of the German submarine U-889 off Shelburne, Nova Scotia, May 13, 1945

Source: Richard Graham Arless/Canada. Dept. of National Defence/Library and Archives Canada/PA-17333

A Canadian sailor poses aboard U-889 with the Royal Canadian Navy's White Ensign. Although spotted by a Canadian aircraft and intercepted by Canadian ships on 10 May, poor weather delayed U-889's official surrender until the 13th, when the submarine arrived at Shelburne, Nova Scotia. As part of the surrender, Canadian sailors hoisted the White Ensign on the U-Boat's flagstaff. The sailor wears the insignia of the naval police, including a white cuff with "NP" and white gaiters covering his ankles. His holstered pistol is attached to a lanyard that passes around his neck.

Source: George Metcalf Archival Collection

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Courtesy of the Canadian War Museum

Two Canadians, one armed with a pistol, stand inside U-889's control room following the submarine's surrender in May 1945. The control room was the submarine's nerve centre. The helmsman's controls can be seen on the right: a large compass mounted to the right of the watertight door, with the buttons to electrically control the U-Boat's rudder just visible below it. Directly above the compass is an engine room telegraph for controlling the speed of the submarine's diesel engines. Part of the commanding officer's quarters are visible through the watertight door (centre).

George Metcalf Archival Collection

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Courtesy of the Canadian War Museum

Kapitšnleutnant Friedrich Braeucker, C.O. of U-889 on the bridge at Shelburne, Nova Scotia, May 13, 1945


Surrender of U-889

From the collection of Robert Burns, HMCS Oshawa J330

Courtesy of Robert Burns (Jr)


The surrender of U-889

From the collection of John C. Orr, HMCS Saskatoon K158

Courtesy of John P. Orr

The surrender of U-889 - ML Q117 in the background

DND / RCN photo. Neg # A-1416

From the collection of H.W. Patterson

Courtesy of Steve Patterson


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Surrendered U-889 coming alongside HMCS Joliette K418 in Shelburne, NS.

From the collection of Patrick Casey

Courtesy of Patricia Pollock

U-889 - location unknown - possibly NAD Jetty in Dartmouth

From the collection of H.S. (Tim) Lee

Courtesy of Ryan Lee

Unknown sub - appears to be either U-190 or U-889 - location possibly Halifax

From the collection of H.S. (Tim) Lee

Courtesy of Ryan Lee

U-889 secured alongside a unknown frigate - location possibly Halifax

From the collection of H.S. (Tim) Lee

Courtesy of Ryan Lee