SM UC-5

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For other ships of the same name, see German submarine U-5.
UC-5 displayed in Central Park, New York
UC-5 displayed in Central Park, New York
Career (German Empire)
Name: UC-5
Ordered: by November 1914[1]
Builder: AG Weser, Bremen[2]
Yard number: 49[1]
Launched: 13 June 1915[1]
Commissioned: 19 June 1915[1]
Fate: grounded, 27 April 1916; captured by the British[1]
Service record
Part of: Imperial German Navy
Commanders: Herbert Pustkuchen
Ulrich Mohrbutter
Operations: 29 patrols
Victories: 29 ships sunk for a total of 36.288 tons
General characteristics
Class & type: German Type UC I submarine
Displacement: 168 t (185 short tons), surfaced[2]
182 t (201 short tons), submerged
Length: 111 ft 6 in (33.99 m)[3]
Beam: 10 ft 4 in (3.15 m)[3]
Draft: 10 ft (3 m)[3]
Propulsion: 1 × propeller shaft
1 × Benz 6-cylinder, 4-stroke diesel engine, 90 bhp (67 kW)[3]
1 × electric motor, 175 shp (130 kW)[3]
Speed: 6.49 knots (12.02 km/h), surfaced[2]
5.67 knots (10.50 km/h), submerged
Endurance: 910 nautical miles at 5 knots, surfaced[3]
(1,690 km at 9.3 km/h)
50 nautical miles at 4 knots, submerged[3]
(93 km at 7.4 km/h)
Test depth: 50 m (160 ft)[3]
Complement: 14[3]
Armament: 6 × 100 cm (39 in) mine tubes[3]
12 × UC 120 mines
1 × 8 mm (0.31 in) machine gun[2]

SM UC-5 was a German Type UC I minelayer submarine or U-boat in the German Imperial Navy (German: Kaiserliche Marine) during World War I. The U-boat had been ordered by November 1914 and was launched on 13 June 1915. She was commissioned into the German Imperial Navy on 19 June 1915 as SM UC-5.[Note 1] She served in World War I under the command of Herbert Pustkuchen (June 1915 - December 1915) and Ulrich Mohrbutter (December 1915 - April 1916).

Service[edit]

UC-5 had an impressive career, with 29 ships sunk for a total of 36,288 tons on 29 patrols. On August 21, 1915 UC-5 became the first submarine minelayer to penetrate into the English Channel, laying 12 mines off Boulogne, one of which sank the steamship William Dawson the same day. UC-5 went on to lay 6 more mines off Boulogne and Folkestone on 7 September, one of which sank the cable layer Monarch.[4]

Fate[edit]

UC-5 ran aground while on patrol 27 April 1916 at 51°59′N 1°38′E / 51.983°N 1.633°E / 51.983; 1.633Coordinates: 51°59′N 1°38′E / 51.983°N 1.633°E / 51.983; 1.633 and was scuttled. Her crew were captured by HMS Firedrake and the submarine was displayed at Temple Pier on the Thames river and, later, in New York for propaganda purposes.[5]

Notes[edit]

  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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Helgason, Guðmundur. "WWI U-boats: UC-5". U-Boat War in World War I. Uboat.net. Retrieved 20 February 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d Tarrant, p. 173.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Gardiner, p. 181.
  4. ^ Gibson, R.H.; Maurice Prendergast (2002). The German Submarine War 1914-1918. Periscope Publishing Ltd. p. 51. ISBN 1-904381-08-1. 
  5. ^ "The Flandern U-boat bases and U-Bootflottille Flandern by Johan Ryheul at U-boat.net". Retrieved 25 August 2008. 

Bibliography[edit]

Bow view of UC-5 in Central Park