German submarine U-59 (1938)
|Career (Nazi Germany)|
|Ordered:||17 June 1937|
|Builder:||Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel, 'werk' 258|
|Laid down:||5 October 1937|
|Launched:||12 October 1938|
|Commissioned:||4 March 1939|
|Fate:||Scuttled, broken up 1945|
|Class & type:||Type IIC U-boat|
|Displacement:||291 t (286 long tons) surfaced
341 t (336 long tons) submerged
435 t (428 long tons) total
|Length:||43.9 m (144 ft 0 in) o/a
29.6 m (97 ft 1 in) pressure hull
|Beam:||4.1 m (13 ft 5 in) o/a
4 m (13 ft 1 in) pressure hull
|Height:||8.4 m (27 ft 7 in)|
|Draught:||3.8 m (12 ft 6 in)|
|Propulsion:||2 × MWM RS127S 6-cylinder diesel engines, 700 hp (522 kW)
2 × SSW PGVV322/26 double-acting electric motors, 402 hp (300 kW)
|Speed:||12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph) surfaced
7 knots (13 km/h; 8.1 mph) submerged
|Range:||6,100 km (3,300 nmi) at 8 knots (15 km/h; 9.2 mph) surfaced
67 km (36 nmi) at 4 knots (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
|Test depth:||150 m (490 ft)|
|Complement:||22 to 24 men|
|Armament:||3 × torpedo tubes (bow), five torpedoes|
|Part of:||5th U-boat Flotilla
1st U-boat Flotilla
22nd U-boat Flotilla
19th U-boat Flotilla
|Commanders:||Kplt. Harald Jürst
(4 March 1939–17 July 1940)
(18 July–10 November 1940)
Kptlt. Freiherr Siegfried von Forstner
(11 November 1940–16 April 1941)
Oblt.z.S. Günter Gretschel
(17 April–December 1941)
(December 1941–15 July 1942)
Oblt.z.S. Karl-Heinz Sammler
(16 July 1942–10 June 1943)
Ltn Herbert Walther
(July 1944–1 April 1945)
29 August 1939–11 September 1939
22 October 1939–9 November 1939
30 November–8 December 1939
14 December–19 December 1939
14– 22 January 1940
29 January–8 February 1940
14–20 March 1940
31 March– 7 May 1940
18 July– 4 August 1940
8–19 August 1940
26 August–3 September 1940
7 –21 September 1940
7–21 October 1940
|Victories:||Seventeen ships sunk, total 34,130 GRT (gross register tonnage);
two auxiliary warship sunk 864 GRT;
one ship damaged, 8,009 GRT;
one ship declared a total loss, 1,943 GRT
German submarine U-59 was a Type IIC U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine that served in the Second World War. She was built by Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel. Ordered on 17 June 1937, she was laid down on 5 October as Werk 258. She was launched on 12 October 1938 and commissioned on 4 March 1939 under the command of Oberleutnant zur See Harald Jürst.
The boat began her career by training with the 5th U-boat Flotilla from March to December 1939. She was declared operational on 1 January 1940 with the 1st flotilla. She was assigned to the 22nd flotilla on 1 January 1941, then the 19th flotilla on 1 July 1944. The last two assignments were as a "school" boat.
She carried out 13 patrols in which she sank 17 merchant ships, two auxiliary warships, and damaged a tanker. A further victim was declared a "total loss".
She was scuttled in the Kiel Arsenal at the end of the war. The wreck was broken up in 1945.
1st, 2nd and 3rd patrols
Her second sortie saw her first success, sinking the British trawler Lynx II west of the Shetland Islands on 28 October 1939. She also sank the St. Nidian on the same date and HMS Northern Rover on the 30th.
Her third patrol also passed without incident.
4th, 5th and 6th patrols
The boat departed Wilhelmshaven on 14 December 1939 and sank the Lister 130 nautical miles (240 km; 150 mi) off Newcastle on the 16th. She then sank the neutral Glitfriejell on the same day; the ship broke in two 75 nautical miles (139 km; 86 mi) off St. Abbs Head. Her next victim was the neutral Bogø which also broke in two, 75 nautical miles (139 km; 86 mi) east of May Island. U-59 returned to Germany, but this time to Kiel.
Her fifth outing took her from Kiel (leaving on 14 January 1940), to the vicinity of the British East Anglian coast. She returned, empty-handed, to Wilhelmshaven on 22 January.
The boat's sixth patrol saw her return to the East Anglian coast, but this time she was more successful, sinking the Ellen M. on 1 February 1940 and the Creofield and Portlet, both on 2 February.
7th, 8th, 9th and 10th patrols
Her seventh effort was uneventful, but her eighth, which commenced on 31 March 1940 was, at 38 days, her longest. She sank the Navarra on 6 April, but was in turn attacked by a submarine on 5 May; a torpedo track was seen 100 m from her stern. She returned to the 'Fatherland', to Kiel on 7 May.
The submarine's ninth patrol was marked with the sinking of the Sigyn on 1 August 1940 west of Oban (on the Scottish west coast). She completed the operation by docking at Bergen in occupied Norway on 4 August.
U-59's tenth sortie began on 8 August 1940, it finished at Lorient on the French Atlantic coast on the 19th. In between, she sank the Betty 35 nautical miles (65 km; 40 mi) west of Tory Island on 14 August.
11th, 12th and 13th patrols
On her eleventh patrol, the boat damaged two ships, the San Gabriel and the Anadara, both on 30 August 1940 and both west of Scotland.
Her twelfth effort, west of Ireland and Scotland, was followed by the journey from Lorient back to Bergen.
Her thirteenth and last operational patrol was a fairly straightforward affair: from Bergen, down the Norwegian coast arriving in Kiel on 20 October 1940.
Summary of Raiding Career
|28 October 1939||Lynx II||United Kingdom||250||Sunk|
|28 October 1939||St. Nidian||United Kingdom||565||Sunk|
|30 October 1939||HMS Northern Rover||Royal Navy||655||Sunk|
|6 December 1939||HMS Washington||Royal Navy||209||Sunk (Mine)|
|12 December 1939||Marwick Head||United Kingdom||496||Sunk (Mine)|
|16 December 1939||Glitrefjell||Norway||1,568||Sunk|
|16 December 1939||Lister||Sweden||1,366||Sunk|
|17 December 1939||Bogø||Denmark||1,214||Sunk|
|17 December 1939||Jaegersborg||Denmark||1,245||Sunk|
|19 January 1940||Quiberon||France||1,296||Sunk|
|1 February 1940||Ellen M.||United Kingdom||498||Sunk|
|2 February 1940||Creofield||United Kingdom||838||Sunk|
|2 February 1940||Portelet||United Kingdom||1,064||Sunk|
|6 April 1940||Navarra||Norway||2,118||Sunk|
|1 August 1940||Sigyn||Sweden||1,981||Sunk|
|14 August 1940||Betty||United Kingdom||2,339||Sunk|
|30 August 1940||Anadara||United Kingdom||8,009||Damaged|
|30 August 1940||San Gabriel||Greece||4,943||Total Loss|
|31 August 1940||Bibury||United Kingdom||4,616||Sunk|
|7 October 1940||Touraine||Norway||5,811||Sunk|
|12 October 1940||Pacific Ranger||United Kingdom||6,865||Sunk|