SM UC-5

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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]
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]
Service record
Part of: Imperial German Navy:
Flandern Flottilla
27 Jul 1915 – 27 Apr 1916
Commanders: Oblt Herbert Pustkuchen
19 Jun 1915 - 18 Dec 1915
Oblt Ulrich Mohrbutter
19 Dec 1915 – 27 Apr 1916
Operations: 29 patrols
Victories: 29 merchant ships sunk (36,851 gross register tons (GRT))
7 merchant ships damaged (20,262 GRT)
1 warship sunk (380 tons)

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).

It ran aground and was abandoned but recovered by the Allies and displayed for propaganda purposes.

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]

Summary of Raiding Career[edit]

Date Name Nationality Tonnage
(GRT)
Fate[6]
6 August 1915 Leandros  United Kingdom 276 Sunk
13 August 1915 Amethyst  United Kingdom 57 Sunk
13 August 1915 Summerfield  United Kingdom 687 Sunk
13 August 1915 Sverige  Sweden 1,602 Sunk
21 August 1915 William Dawson  United Kingdom 284 Sunk
30 August 1915 Bretwalda  United Kingdom 4,037 Damaged
30 August 1915 Honiton  United Kingdom 4,914 Sunk
30 August 1915 Saint Chamond  France 2,866 Damaged
8 September 1915 Monarch  United Kingdom 1,122 Sunk
19 September 1915 Tord  Sweden 1,313 Damaged
4 October 1915 Enfield  United Kingdom 2,124 Damaged
6 October 1915 Brighton Queen  United Kingdom 553 Sunk
10 October 1915 Newcastle  United Kingdom 3,403 Sunk
12 October 1915 Frons Olivae  United Kingdom 98 Sunk
19 October 1915 Erin II  United Kingdom 181 Sunk
20 October 1915 Star of Buchan  United Kingdom 81 Sunk
22 October 1915 Grappler  United Kingdom 690 Damaged
23 October 1915 Ilaro  United Kingdom 2,799 Sunk
25 October 1915 HMS Velox  Royal Navy 380 Sunk
17 November 1915 HMHS Anglia  Royal Navy 1,862 Sunk
17 November 1915 Lusitania  United Kingdom 1,834 Sunk
19 November 1915 Falmouth III  United Kingdom 198 Sunk
29 November 1915 Dotterel  United Kingdom 1,596 Sunk
26 December 1915 E 6  United Kingdom 725 Sunk
26 December 1915 Resono  United Kingdom 230 Sunk
12 January 1916 Algerian  United Kingdom 3,837 Sunk
13 January 1916 Albion II  United Kingdom 240 Sunk
1 February 1916 Prinses Juliana  Netherlands 2,885 Sunk
15 February 1916 Bandoeng  Netherlands 5,851 Damaged
20 February 1916 Dingle  United Kingdom 593 Sunk
21 February 1916 La Flandre  Netherlands 2,018 Sunk
24 February 1916 Tummel  United Kingdom 531 Sunk
26 March 1916 Hebe  France 1,494 Sunk
26 March 1916 Khartoum  United Kingdom 303 Sunk
27 March 1916 Harriet  Denmark 1,372 Sunk
31 March 1916 Clinton  United Kingdom 3,381 Damaged
31 March 1916 Memento  Norway 1,076 Sunk

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. 
  6. ^ "SM UC-5 successes". UBoat.net. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Bendert, Harald (2001). Die UC-Boote der Kaiserlichen Marine 1914-1918. Minenkrieg mit U-Booten (in German). Hamburg, Berlin, Bonn: Mittler. ISBN 3-8132-0758-7. 
Bow view of UC-5 in Central Park