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Vallejo in Solano County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

German Marder and Torpedo

German Marder and Torpedo Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, December 11, 2015
1. German Marder and Torpedo Marker
Inscription. This German Marder ("Pine Marten") and torpedo was captured during World War II and donated to Mare Island in 1947. Developed and used sparingly by the German Navy, they were used in the English Channel and Mediterranean. They were not considered successful; 80 percent of them were sunk.

The top section of this semi-suicide device was used to escape from the target area after the torpedo carried beneath was released by the operator who sat in the hooded cockpit.
Location. 38° 5.874′ N, 122° 16.267′ W. Marker is in Vallejo, California, in Solano County. Marker is on 8th Street west of Railroad Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Vallejo CA 94592, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fourth Marine Division Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); A Large Carved Eagle (Wood) (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Peter's Chapel (approx. ľ mile away); First U.S. Naval Station In The Pacific (approx. 0.9 miles away); First Wireless Station (approx. 0.9 miles away); Al Zampa Memorial Bridge (approx. 3.4 miles away); The Old Homestead (approx. 4 miles away); Lefty Gomez Field (approx. 4.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Vallejo.
More about this marker.
German Marder and Torpedo and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, December 11, 2015
2. German Marder and Torpedo and Marker
The marker is found mounted to the middle of the Marder and Torpedo, which are at the back of the small park in Farragut Plaza on Mare Island, and are easy to spot.
Also see . . .
1. German One Man, Torpedo Carrying Marder Submarine (Midget Sub). The Newport News Mariners Museum blog discusses the Marder: "The Marder was known as one of the Germanís midget submarines, and was an advanced design of the previous Neger design. The Neger design was unable to fully submerge, and therefore could only remain on the surface, making it extremely difficult for the operator to escape once firing the torpedo. The Marder is 26 feet long by 20 inches wide, and broken into three different sections.... The operator sat towards the bow of the submarine, under a plexi-glass dome that was fitted to the entry hatch. This dome allowed for better visibility and accuracy of the operator when firing. There was also a compass attached to the inside of the dome, so to provide addition navigational assistance to the operator....The Marderís torpedo, which was typically a G7E, was attached to the bottom of the submarine. After firing the torpedo, the operator would then attempt to return to safety, either by rendezvousing with a larger ship that could lift it aboard or by returning to a designated meeting spot.... (Submitted on December 12, 2015.) 

2. German Human Torpedoes of WW2. 3-minute video excerpt showing the German mini-subs, taken from the October 1945 film German and Italian Sneak Craft that was put out by the O.S.S. Field Photographic Branch for the Bureau of Aeronautics. (Submitted on December 12, 2015.) 
Categories. War, World IIWaterways & Vessels
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 141 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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