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The actions of submarine U-35 off Sagres and Lagos in 1917

The Algarve Archaeological Association (AAA) will be presenting two lectures on Tuesday, October 4, in English, by Portuguese Naval Captain Augusto Salgado and Jorge Russo, a Maritime History MA student, titled ‘The U35 Project – the actions of Submarine U-35 off Sagres and Lagos on 24th April 1917’.

The first lecture will be in the Museu do Trajo in São Brás at 2.30pm, and the second will be in the Convento de São José in Lagoa at 5.45pm.

The talk will be about the Imperial German Submarine U-35, commanded by the ‘Ace of Aces’ Lothar von Arnauld de la Perière (1886-1941), which left the naval base of Cattaro (Montenegro) heading for the busy merchantman route around Cape St Vincent, Algarve.

On April 24, 1917 she sank four ships off Sagres and Lagos: two Norwegian and one Danish steamer and an Italian sailing vessel.

In 2014, CINAV started the U-35 Project, an historical and archaeological project on this episode of the Great War and the alleged wrecks of the ships sunk by U-35 that day.

During 2014 and 2015, the U-35 Project looked 650m deep for the Italian vessel, in addition to finding relatives from the U-35 and one of the Norwegian steamers.

The U-35 Project continues to research this Great War episode not mentioned in the history books that brought the war to continental Portugal.

Lunch in São Brás can be arranged in advance (917267948).

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Photo: German U-boat commander Lothar von Arnauld de la Perière (1886-1941)