SM U-16 (Germany)

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For other ships of the same name, see German submarine U-16.
U-Boote Kiel 1914.jpg
Identifiable are: U 22, U 20, U 19, and U 21 (first row, l-r); U 14, U 15, U 11, U 16, U 18, and U ?? (second row, l-r).
Career (Germany)
Name: U-16
Ordered: 26 August 1909
Builder: Germaniawerft, Kiel
Cost: 2,539,000 Goldmark
Yard number: 157
Laid down: 10 May 1910
Launched: 29 August 1911
Commissioned: 28 December 1911
Fate: February 1919 - Sunk in an accident in position 58°59′N 08°29′E / 58.983°N 8.483°E / 58.983; 8.483Coordinates: 58°59′N 08°29′E / 58.983°N 8.483°E / 58.983; 8.483 while on passage to surrender.
Class and type: German Type U 16 submarine
Displacement: 489 metric tons (539 short tons) surfaced
627 metric tons (691 short tons) submerged
Length: 57.8 m (189 ft 8 in)
Beam: 6 m (19 ft 8 in)
Draught: 3.36 m (11 ft 0 in)
Propulsion: 2 shafts
2 × Körting 6-cylinder and 2 × Körting 8-cylinder two stroke paraffin motors with 900 PS (890 hp)
2 × SSW electric motors with 1,040 PS (1,030 hp)
550 rpm surfaced
600 rpm submerged
Speed: 15.6 kn (28.9 km/h; 18.0 mph) surfaced
10.7 kn (19.8 km/h; 12.3 mph) submerged
Test depth: 50 m (160 ft)
Boats and landing
craft carried:
1 dingi
Complement: 4 officers, 25 men
Armament: 4 x 45 cm (17.7 in) torpedo tubes (2 each bow and stern) with 6 torpedoes
1 × 5 cm (2.0 in) SK L/40 gun
Service record
Part of: II Flotilla
1 Aug 1914 – unknown end
Commanders: Kptlt Claus Hansen[1]
1 Aug 1914 – 15 Mar 1915
Oblt Leo Hillebrand[2]
16 Mar 1915 – 21 Oct 1915
Operations: 4 patrols
Victories: 11 merchant ships sunk (11,730 GRT)
2 merchant ships damaged (11,228 GRT)
1 merchant ships taken as a prize (838 GRT)

SM U-16 was one of the 329 submarines serving in the Imperial German Navy in World War I.

Service History[edit]

U-16 was engaged in the naval warfare and took part in the First Battle of the Atlantic.

Summary of Raiding Career[edit]

Date Ship Name Nationality Tonnage (GRT) Fate[3]
15 February 1915 Dulwich  United Kingdom 3,289 Sunk
15 February 1915 Ville de Lille  France 997 Sunk
18 February 1915 Dinorah  France 4,208 Damaged
19 February 1915 Belridge  Norway 7,020 Damaged
26 May 1915 M. Roosval  Sweden 309 Sunk
26 May 1915 Betty  Denmark 2,109 Sunk
28 May 1915 Mars  Russian Empire 251 Sunk
30 May 1915 Søborg  Denmark 2,108 Sunk
20 September 1915 Thorvaldsen  Denmark 1,220 Sunk
26 September 1915 Ellen Benzon  Denmark 143 Sunk
29 September 1915 Flora  Norway 184 Sunk
29 September 1915 Actie  Norway 562 Sunk
30 September 1915 Florida  Norway 558 Sunk
1 October 1915 Pallas  Sweden 838 Captured as prize

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Claus Hansen". Uboat.net. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "Leo Hillebrand (Royal House Order of Hohenzollern)". Uboat.net. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "U-16 successes". UBoat.net. Retrieved 19 February 2014.