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
Commanders: Walther Schwieger [1]
23 Jul 1916 - 5 Sep 1917
Operations:

4 patrols
18 May 1917 - 5 Sep 1917 III Flotilla[1]

12 ships sunk for a total of 39,382 tons.

2 ships damaged for a total of 845 tons.

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.[3]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Uboat.net U88
  2. ^ a b Uboat.net type 87
  3. ^ "U-88". Retrieved 25 January 2010.