SM U-88

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For other ships of the same name, see German submarine U-88.
Career (German Empire)
Name: U-88
Ordered: 23 June 1915
Builder: Kaiserliche Werft Danzig
Yard number: Werk 32
Laid down: 20 November 1915
Launched: 22 June 1916
Commissioned: 7 April 1917
Fate: 5 September 1917 - Presumably mined off Terschelling. 43 dead (all hands lost)[1]
General characteristics
Class & type: German Type U 87 submarine
Displacement: 757 tons surfaced
998 tons ↓
1165 tons (total)
Length: 65.8 m (overall)
50.07 m (pressure hull)
Beam: 6.20 m (overall)
4.18 m (pressure hull)
Draught: 3.88 m
Propulsion: 2400 hp surfaced
1200 hp ↓
Speed: 16.8 knots surfaced
9.1 knots ↓
Range: 11,380 miles at 8 knots surfaced 56 miles at 5 knots submerged
Test depth: ~ 50 m (164 feet)
Complement: 36 men
Armament: 16 torpedoes (4/2 in bow/stern tubes)
105mm deck gun with 140 rounds [2]
Service record
Part of: Imperial German Navy III Flotilla
Commanders: Kptlt Walther Schwieger[3]
23 Jul 1916 - 5 Sep 1917
Operations: 4 patrols
18 May 1917 - 5 Sep 1917[1]
Victories: 12 merchant ships sunk (39,382 GRT)
2 merchant ships damaged (845 GRT)

SM U-88 was a Type U 87 submarine built for the Imperial German Navy (Kaiserliche Marine) in World War I. U-88 was engaged in the naval warfare and took part in the First Battle of the Atlantic.[4]

U-87 and U-89 had one 10.5 cm/45 and one 8.8 cm/30 deck guns, U-88 was probably equally armed. U 90 - U 92 were armed with one 10.5 cm/45 gun (140-240 rounds).[2]

U-88 is most notable for sinking and taking with her Kapitänleutnant Walther Schwieger, responsible for sinking the RMS Lusitania when he was commander of 'U-20. The submarine came to an end on 5 September 1917 when being chased by HMS Stonecrop, hit a British mine and sank north of Terschelling at 53°57′N 4°55′E / 53.950°N 4.917°E / 53.950; 4.917Coordinates: 53°57′N 4°55′E / 53.950°N 4.917°E / 53.950; 4.917. Everyone on board U-88 was killed.

Summary of Raiding Career[edit]

Date Name Nationality Tonnage
(GRT)
Fate[5]
23 May 1917 Hector  Norway 1,146 Sunk
25 May 1917 Hilary  United Kingdom 6,329 Sunk
28 May 1917 Roma  Russian Empire 417 Damaged
29 May 1917 Ashleaf  United Kingdom 5,768 Sunk
31 May 1917 Jeanne Cordonnier  France 2,194 Sunk
31 May 1917 Miyazaki Maru  Japan 7,892 Sunk
1 June 1917 Cavina  United Kingdom 6,539 Sunk
6 June 1917 Eemdijk  Netherlands 3,048 Sunk
7 June 1917 John Bakke  Norway 1,611 Sunk
29 June 1917 Escondido  Norway 1,066 Sunk
3 July 1917 Iceland  United Kingdom 1,501 Sunk
7 July 1917 Coral Leaf  United Kingdom 428 Damaged
13 July 1917 Ceres  Denmark 1,166 Sunk
16 July 1917 Vesta  Denmark 1,122 Sunk

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Uboat.net U88
  2. ^ a b Uboat.net type 87
  3. ^ "Walter Schwieger (Pour le Merite)". 
  4. ^ "U-88". Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "SM U-88 successes". UBoat.net. Retrieved 14 December 2014.