German Type UE II submarine

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SM U-117 at Cape Charles
SM U-117 at Cape Charles
Class overview
Builders: AG Vulkan, Hamburg
Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
Operators:  Kaiserliche Marine
Subclasses: U-122
Built: 1917–1918
In commission: 1917–1918
Completed: 10
Lost: 4
Scrapped: 6
General characteristics
Type: Ocean-going mine-laying submarine
Displacement: 1,164 tonnes (1,146 long tons) surfaced; 1,512 tonnes (1,488 long tons) submerged
Length: 81.52 and 82 m (267 ft 5 in and 269 ft 0 in)
Beam: 7.42 m (24 ft 4 in)
Draft: 4.22 m (13 ft 10 in)
Propulsion: 2 shafts, 2 MAN four-stroke 6-cylinder diesel engines 2,400 shp (1,800 kW)
two Brown, Boveri & Cie. electric motors 1,200 shp (890 kW)
Speed: 14.7 knots (27.2 km/h; 16.9 mph) surfaced
7 knots (13 km/h; 8.1 mph) submerged
Range: 11,470 and 13,900 nmi (21,240 and 25,740 km; 13,200 and 16,000 mi) at 8 knots (15 km/h; 9.2 mph) surfaced
35 nmi (60 km; 40 mi) at 4.5 knots (8.3 km/h; 5.2 mph) submerged
Test depth: 75 metres (246 ft 1 in)
Complement: 4 officers, 36 enlisted men
Sensors and
processing systems:
2 periscopes
Armament: 4 × 50 cm (19.7 in) torpedo tubes
2 × 100 cm (39.4 in) minelaying tubes
1 × 15-centimeter (5.9 in) SK L/45 deck gun
or 2 × 10.5-centimeter (4.1 in) SK L/45 (SM U 123)

The Type UE II submarines were a class of submarines built by the German Empire during World War I as long-range mine-layers.

UE II boats carried 14 torpedoes and were armed with one 150 mm deck gun. They carried a crew of 40 and had a cruising range of about 9,400 miles. Nine were built between 1917 and 1918.[1]

The UE IIs joined the conflict in the middle of 1917, at a time when the tide of the war was turning against Germany. In the months beforehand, the United States Navy was added to the ranks of their enemies; and the convoy system was introduced, making it difficult to engage enemy merchant shipping without being spotted by destroyer escorts.[2] Because they entered service late in the war, the UE IIs only sank 24 ships and damaged 3 others before the end of hostilities. SM U-117 was by far the most successful U-boat, taking credit for 21 ships sunk out of the total of 24 for the entire type.[3] The UE II's were the last of the UE class U-boats built by the German Imperial Navy; the last of the class, U-126, was commissioned on 3 October 1918, a little over a month before the armistice at Compiègne.[4]

Post-war years[edit]

Following the end of the war, all of the Type UE II submarines were handed over to the allies as part of the Treaty of Versailles. SM U-117 was handed over to the United States where she remained in the Philadelphia Navy Yard along with other U-boats. In June 1921 she was taken out to sea and sunk as a target for aerial bombing tests conducted by the Navy and Army.[3] SM U-118 was turned over to France but got washed ashore at Hastings in Sussex where she remained until being finally broken up in December 1919.[5] SM U-119 was surrendered to France in November 1918. She was renamed the René Audry and saw service in the French Navy and was eventually broken up in October 1937.[6] SM U-120 was transferred to Italy in November 1918. She was broken up soon after in April 1919.[7] SM U-122 was surrendered to England on 26 November 1918. She later ran aground on the English east coast while on her journey to Scapa Flow.[8] Like SM U-122, SM U-123 also ran aground on the English coast where she was broken up.[9] SM U-124 was surrendered in December 1918 and was later broken up in Swansea in 1921.[10] SM U-125 Surrendered to Japan in late November 1918. She served in the Japanese Navy as the O1 in 1920-21. between January and March 1921, U-125 was dismantled at Yokosuka Navy Yard.[11] SM U-126 was handed over to the allies in November 1918 and later broken up at Upnor in 1923.[4]

Ships sunk by Type UE II submarines[edit]

Ships sunk or damaged by Type UE II submarines[12][13][14]
Date Name Tonnage Nationality U-boat credited with loss
10 August 1918 Aleda May 31 American U-117
10 August 1918 Cruiser 28 American U-117
10 August 1918 Earl & Nettie 24 American U-117
10 August 1918 Katie L. Palmer 31 American U-117
10 August 1918 Mary E. Sennett 26 American U-117
10 August 1918 On Time 18 American U-117
10 August 1918 Progress 34 American U-117
10 August 1918 Reliance 19 American U-117
10 August 1918 William H. Starbuck 53 American U-117
12 August 1918 Sommerstad 3,875 Norwegian U-117
13 August 1918 Frederic R. Kellogg* 7,127 American U-117
14 August 1918 Dorothy B. Barrett 2,088 American U-117
15 August 1918 Madrugada 1,613 American U-117
16 August 1918 Mirlo 6,978 British U-117
17 August 1918 Nordhav 2,846 Norwegian U-117
24 August 1918 Bianca* 408 British U-117
26 August 1918 Rush 162 American U-117
27 August 1918 Bergsdalen 2,555 Norwegian U-117
30 August 1918 Elsie Porter 136 British U-117
30 August 1918 Potentate 136 British U-117
16 September 1918 Wellington 5,600 British U-118
29 September 1918 Minnesota* 18,000 American U-117
4 October 1918 San Saba 2,458 American U-117
2 October 1918 Arca 4,938 British U-118
18 October 1918 Njordur 278 Iceland U-122
27 October 1918 Chaparra 1,510 Cuban U-117
9 November 1918 Saetia 2,873 American U-117

* Ship was damaged

List of Type UE II submarines[edit]

There were 9 Type UE II submarines commissioned into the Kaiserliche Marine.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Type UE 2". Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Goebel, Greg (Dec 24, 2008). "The First Battle of the Atlantic". Vectorsite.net. Retrieved Jan 25, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "U-117". Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "U-126". Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "U-118". Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "U-119". Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "U-120". Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  8. ^ "U-122". Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "U-123". Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "U-124". Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  11. ^ "U-125". Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  12. ^ "Ships hit by U-117". Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  13. ^ "Ships hit by U-118". Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  14. ^ "Ships hit by U-122". Retrieved 24 January 2010. 

References[edit]

  • Gardiner, Robert; Gray, Randal, eds. (1984). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships: 1906-1922. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 0-85177-245-5. 

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