SM UB-62

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For other ships of the same name, see German submarine U-62.
UB 148 at sea 2.jpeg
UB-148 at sea, a U-boat similar to UB-62.
Career (German Empire)
Name: UB-62
Ordered: 20 May 1916[1]
Builder: AG Vulcan, Hamburg[2]
Cost: 3,279,000 German Papiermark[2]
Yard number: 87[2]
Launched: 11 May 1917[3]
Commissioned: 9 July 1917[3]
Fate: surrendered 21 November 1918, broken up in Swansea in 1921[3]
General characteristics
Class and type: German Type UB III submarine
Type: Coastal submarine
Displacement: 508 t (500 long tons; 560 short tons) surfaced
639 t (629 long tons; 704 short tons) submerged[2]
Length: 55.52 m (182.2 ft) o/a[2]
Beam: 5.76 m (18.9 ft)[2]
Draught: 3.70 m (12.1 ft)[2]
Propulsion: 2 shafts
6-cylinder MAN diesel engines,[3] 1,100 ihp (820 kW)
Siemens-Schuckert[3] electric motors, 788 ihp (588 kW)[2]
Speed: 13.3 knots (24.6 km/h; 15.3 mph) surfaced
7.8 knots (14.4 km/h; 9.0 mph) submerged[2]
Range: 8,420 nmi (15,590 km; 9,690 mi) at 6 kn (11 km/h; 6.9 mph) surfaced
55 nmi (102 km; 63 mi) at 4 kn (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged[2]
Test depth: 50 m (160 ft)[3]
Complement: 3 officers, 31 men[3]
Armament: • 5 × 50 cm (19.7 in) torpedo tubes (4 bow, 1 stern) with 10 torpedoes
• 1 × 8.8 cm (3.46 in) deck gun[3]
Service record
Part of: Imperial German Navy:
V Flotilla
24 Aug 1917 - 20 Apr 1918
II Flotilla
9 Jul 1918 - 11 Nov 1918
Commanders: Kptlt Bernhard Putzier[4]
9 Jul 1917 - 8 Jul 1918
Oblt Günther Sperling[5]
20 Apr 1918 - 11 Nov 1918
Operations: 7 patrols
Victories: 8 merchant ships sunk (17,226 gross register tons (GRT))
1 merchant ship damaged (7,300 gross register tons (GRT))

SM UB-62 was a German Type UB III submarine or U-boat in the German Imperial Navy (German: Kaiserliche Marine) during World War I. She was commissioned into the German Imperial Navy on 9 July 1917 as SM UB-62.[nb 1]

UB-62 was surrendered 21 November 1918 in accordance with the requirements of the Armistice with Germany and broken up in Swansea in 1921.[3]

Construction[edit]

UB-62 was ordered by the GIN on 20 May 1916.

She was built by AG Vulcan of Hamburg[2] and following just under a year of construction, launched at Hamburg on 11 May 1917. UB-62 was commissioned later that same year . Like all Type UB III submarines, UB-62 carried 10 torpedoes and was armed with a 8.8 cm (3.46 in) deck gun. UB-62 would carry a crew of up to 3 officer and 31 men and had a cruising range of 8,420 nautical miles (15,590 km).[2] UB-62 had a displacement of 508 t (500 long tons; 560 short tons) while surfaced and 639 t (629 long tons; 704 short tons) when submerged. Her engines enabled her to travel at 13.3 knots (24.6 km/h; 15.3 mph) when surfaced and 8 knots (15 km/h; 9.2 mph) when submerged.[2]

Summary of Raiding Career[edit]

Date Name Nationality Tonnage
(GRT)
Fate[6]
6 September 1917 Hammar II  Sweden 206 Sunk
17 September 1917 Australia  Russian Empire 3,592 Sunk
17 September 1917 Queen Amelia  United Kingdom 4,278 Sunk
18 September 1917 Joseph Chamberlain  United Kingdom 3,709 Sunk
6 November 1917 Benor  Russian Empire 394 Sunk
14 January 1918 Alster  United Kingdom 964 Sunk
12 March 1918 Oswin  Sweden 1,743 Sunk
19 March 1918 Burnstone  United Kingdom 2,340 Sunk
25 July 1918 Indore  United Kingdom 7,300 Damaged

Notes[edit]

Footnotes
  1. ^ "SM" stands for "Seiner Majestät" (English: His Majesty's) and combined with the U for Unterseeboot would be translated as His Majesty's Submarine.
Citations
  1. ^ Rössler 1979, p. 60.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Gröner 1985, p. 52.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Gröner 1985, p. 53.
  4. ^ "Bernhard Putzier". uboat.net. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Günther Sperling". uboat.net. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "SM UB-62 successes". UBoat.net. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 


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