For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
Former German U-Boat U-889
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.