SM U-50

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For other ships of the same name, see German submarine U-50.
Career (German Empire)
Name: U-50
Ordered: 4 August 1914
Builder: Kaiserliche Werft Danzig
Launched: 31 December 1915
Commissioned: 4 July 1916
Fate: Sunk probably by a mine off Terschelling on or after 31 August 1917 [1]
General characteristics
Type: Type U-43 submarine
Displacement: 725 tons surfaced
940 tons submerged
1,059 tons (total)
Length: 65 m (213 ft) (oa
52.51 m (172.3 ft) (pressure hull)
Beam: 6.2 m (20 ft) (oa)
4.18 m (13.7 ft) (pressure hull)
Height: 8.7 m (29 ft)
Draught: 3.74 m (12.3 ft)
Installed power: 2400 hp surfaced
1200 hp submerged
Speed: 17.1 kn (31.7 km/h)
9.1 kn (16.9 km/h)
Range: •9,400 nmi (17,400 km) at 8 kn (15 km/h) surfaced
•55 nmi (102 km) at 5 kn (9.3 km/h) submerged
Test depth: 50 m (160 ft)
Complement: 36
Armament: •4 × 50 cm (19.7 in)[2] torpedo tubes (two bow, two stern; 6 torpedoes)
•1 × 8.8 cm (3.5 in) deck gun with 276 rounds
Service record
Part of: III Flotilla
4 Jul 1916 - 31 Aug 1917
Commanders: Kptlt Gerhard Berger [1]
Operations: 5 patrols
Victories: 27 merchant ships sunk (92,924 GRT).

SM U-50 was one of 329 submarines in the Imperial German Navy in World War I. She was took part in the First Battle of the Atlantic.

U-50 is most notable for sinking the armed merchant cruiser Laconia, killing 2 Americans before the USA had entered the war. Laconia was also the 15th largest ship destroyed by submarine in the war.[3]

Summary of Raiding Career[edit]

Date Name Nationality Tonnage
(GRT)
Fate[4]
10 November 1916 Bogota  United Kingdom 4,577 Sunk
11 November 1916 Løkken  Norway 1,954 Sunk
11 November 1916 Morazan  United Kingdom 3,486 Sunk
11 November 1916 Sarah Radcliffe  United Kingdom 3,333 Sunk
12 November 1916 San Giovanni  Kingdom of Italy 1,315 Sunk
12 November 1916 Stylinai Bebis  Greece 3,603 Sunk
12 November 1916 Ioannis  Greece 3,828 Sunk
13 November 1916 Lela  Kingdom of Italy 2,987 Sunk
14 November 1916 Hatsuse  United Kingdom 282 Sunk
18 February 1917 Jean Pierre  France 449 Sunk
22 February 1917 Blenheim  Norway 1,144 Sunk
24 February 1917 Falcon  United Kingdom 2,244 Sunk
25 February 1917 Aries  United Kingdom 3,071 Sunk
25 February 1917 Huntsman  United Kingdom 7,460 Sunk
25 February 1917 Laconia  United Kingdom 18,099 Sunk
11 April 1917 Sarvsfos  Norway 1,462 Sunk
19 April 1917 Avocet  United Kingdom 1,219 Sunk
20 April 1917 Emma  United Kingdom 2,520 Sunk
21 April 1917 Diadem  United Kingdom 4,307 Sunk
23 April 1917 Dykland  United Kingdom 4,291 Sunk
23 April 1917 Oswald  United Kingdom 5,185 Sunk
25 April 1917 Swanmore  United Kingdom 6,373 Sunk
7 June 1917 Yuba  Norway 1,458 Sunk
11 June 1917 Sigrun  Norway 2,538 Sunk
16 June 1917 Carrie Hervey  United Kingdom 111 Sunk
21 June 1917 Ortona  United Kingdom 5,524 Sunk
26 June 1917 Vonin  Denmark 104 Sunk

References[edit]

  1. ^ Uboat.net U-50
  2. ^ Fitzsimons, Bernard, ed. (1978). "U-Boats (1905-18)". The Illustrated Encyclopedia of 20th Century Weapons and Warfare 23. Phoebus Publishing. p. 2534. 
  3. ^ Uboat.net largest ships
  4. ^ "SM U-50 successes". UBoat.net. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 

Coordinates: 55°25′00″N 04°17′00″E / 55.41667°N 4.28333°E / 55.41667; 4.28333