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poymando
05-20-2005, 09:52 AM
Years ago while working in NYC, I met an older gentleman from the Bahamas who told me a story about trading fruit with U Boat crews as a kid in the Carribean. He said they would meet the subs offshore and trade fresh fruit with them. I dont recall what he said they got from the crews in exchange. He seemed pretty straight up. It seemed like it would be a potentially dangerous thng for a boat to do but sometimes truth is stranger than fiction... Could this have happened?

cueceleches
05-20-2005, 10:00 AM
I´m more curious about what the crew could have traded...what´s in a U-Boat of interest for the locals?

poymando
05-20-2005, 10:11 AM
I know he said they had something of interest to the locals but for the life of me I cant remember what he said it was. I can certainly see the payoff though for morale etc to have fresh fruit after all the other perishables would have been used after a long trip across the Atlantic.

cueceleches
05-20-2005, 10:14 AM
If I were a U-Boat man, after weeks of eating rooten food, all persishable food expended long ago, I would give anything for a single apple, pineapple or whatever...even my navy blues!!

OgreB
05-20-2005, 01:34 PM
U-Boats operating in the Caribbean carried trade goods exactely for that reason...usually trinkets...something remote islanders needed..cook ware...metal for tools and weapons etc....even beads..
There were cases where crews had stripped items from the boats in order to trade for food or other "favors"
They also had local currency..provided by local German agents

fizilbert
05-20-2005, 02:22 PM
Chocolate comes to my mind. I wouldn't be suprised if the men on the uboot traded some bars of chocolate for fruit.

chris455
05-20-2005, 02:52 PM
What about booty they might have fished from the water after torpedoing a ship?

poymando
05-20-2005, 05:29 PM
Thanks for the replies! Interesting topic.

archer49d
05-20-2005, 08:02 PM
Reminds me of a personal experience...

When I was sailing in Papua New Guinea about 3 years ago I anchored in James Bay on Basilaki Island, and was swarmed by kids from a nearby village on Canoes. They wanted to trade with me. I scratched my head and thought "might as well". I ended up getting some tomatoes (nice ripe ones) in return for some old T-shirts (about 20 of em). It's amazing how simple some parts of the world still are.

Blitzkaiser
05-24-2005, 02:47 AM
Why don't U-boats get a net after it for fish? pretty good way for a sea ship to get fresh food.

cueceleches
05-24-2005, 02:50 AM
Originally posted by Blitzkaiser:
Why don't U-boats get a net after it for fish? pretty good way for a sea ship to get fresh food.

I don´t think risking being caught by a Sunderland while fishing on the surface was an option! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

johnt
05-24-2005, 03:20 AM
don´t think risking being caught by a Sunderland while fishing on the surface was an option!

LOL!

W.Irving
05-24-2005, 03:56 AM
A Short Sunderland? In the Carribean?

They could've done deep sea trawling though! Wonder how they'd get the fish onboard..

fizilbert
05-24-2005, 05:34 AM
When you're at sea on patrol for 20+ days, I would have to imagine the last thing these guys want to eat is fish or other seafood.

archer49d
05-24-2005, 02:11 PM
Originally posted by fizilbert:
When you're at sea on patrol for 20+ days, I would have to imagine the last thing these guys want to eat is fish or other seafood.

Rotten Apples, spoiled bread and other such delicasies (sp?) are much more preferable.

Eurynomos666
05-24-2005, 02:24 PM
Interesting Topic ^^ makes me want to eat something rotten http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

The_Third_Half
05-24-2005, 02:45 PM
Originally posted by archer49d:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by fizilbert:
When you're at sea on patrol for 20+ days, I would have to imagine the last thing these guys want to eat is fish or other seafood.

Rotten Apples, spoiled bread and other such delicasies (sp?) are much more preferable. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hehe, after 6 months at sea, eating : Powdered eggs, powdered milk, dehydrated meat, water fountains that smell like diesel, etc.. Something rotten might be a pleasant change http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif Oh and thats on a modern U.S. Carrier btw.

Supr
05-25-2005, 01:09 PM
Originally posted by cueceleches:
I´m more curious about what the crew could have traded...what´s in a U-Boat of interest for the locals?

Just a guess, but maybe it was the business end of one of those guns we see but cant use. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif