Small Boat Stowage
There are times you run across a photo that explains and informs like this one. This is one of those times.
The breech cover has been removed from the deck gun of this S-Class submarine and the breech plug is clearly seen.
Farther forward up the deck the torpedo loading hatch is open as if to skid a torpedo into the torpedo room.
Most clearly seen is the ships skiff or small boat stowed under the deck next to the gun pedestal. Clearly the boat would fill with water once the submarine had dived so logically a removable transom plug had to be installed to allow the water to drain from the boat. Much like the drain plugs seen mounted in the backs of modern pleasure boats mounted on trailers pulled behind a family car or truck.
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