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: Imperial German Navy
Commanders: Kptlt. Gerhard Berger [1]
Operations: 5 patrols, 27 ships sunk for a total of 92,924 tons.

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]

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

Coordinates: 55°15′00″N 4°10′00″E / 55.2500°N 4.1667°E / 55.2500; 4.1667