SM U-116

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For other ships of the same name, see German submarine U-116.
Career (German Empire)
Name: U 116
Builder: Schichau-Werke, Elbing
Cost: 4,100,000 Goldmark
Yard number: 987
Laid down: September 1916
Launched: 1918
Fate: never completed, broken up at Danzig
General characteristics
Class & type: German Type U 115 submarine
Displacement: 882 metric tons (972 short tons) surfaced
1,233 metric tons (1,214 long tons) submerged
Length: 72.30 m (237 ft 2 in)
Beam: 6.5 m (21 ft 4 in)
Draught: 4 m (13 ft 1 in)
Propulsion: 2 shafts
2 × MAN four-stroke diesel motors with 2,400 PS (2,400 hp)
2 × SSW double dymanos with 1,200 PS (1,200 hp)
450 rpm surfaced
330 rpm submerged
Speed: 16 kn (30 km/h; 18 mph) surfaced
9 kn (17 km/h; 10 mph) submerged
Range: 11,470 nautical miles (21,240 km; 13,200 mi) at 8 kn surfaced
60 nautical miles (110 km; 69 mi) at 4.5 kn submerged
Test depth: 50 m (160 ft)
Complement: 4 officers, 32 men
Armament: 4 × 45 cm (18 in) bow torpedo tubes
2 × 45 cm (18 in) stern torpedo tubes
1 × 10.5 cm (4.1 in) L/45 and
1 × 8.8 cm (3.5 in) L/30 deck gun

SM U-116 was a German Type 115 u-boat of the Imperial German Navy built at Schichau-Werke, Danzig. As her sister ship SM U-115, she was never completed and ultimately broken up in Danzig after the Armistice with Germany. Her main engines were used in M/S Adolf Sommerfeld ex SMS Gefion. Both boats had been offered to the IGN free of charge by Schichau in an attempt to gain experience in building submarines (Williamson, 15).

References[edit]

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  • Eberhard Rössler, The U-boat: the evolution and technical history of German submarines, Naval Institute Press, 1981, ISBN 0-87021-966-9, p. 56
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