SM UC-66

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For other ships of the same name, see German submarine U-66.
Career (German Empire)
Name: UC-66
Ordered: 12 January 1916[1]
Builder: Blohm & Voss, Hamburg[2]
Yard number: 282[1]
Launched: 15 July 1916[1]
Commissioned: 14 November 1916[1]
Fate: probably sunk by depth charge attack, 12 June 1917[1]
General characteristics
Class & type: German Type UC II submarine
Displacement: 427 t (471 short tons), surfaced[2]
508 t (560 short tons), submerged
Length: 165 ft 2 in (50.34 m)[2]
Beam: 17 ft 4 in (5.28 m)[2]
Draft: 12 ft 2 in (4 m)[3]
Propulsion: 2 × propeller shafts
2 × 6-cylinder, 4-stroke diesel engines, 500 bhp (370 kW)[3]
2 × electric motors, 460 shp (340 kW)[3]
Speed: 12.0 knots (22.2 km/h), surfaced[2]
7.4 knots (13.7 km/h), submerged
Endurance: 10,420 nautical miles at 7 knots, surfaced[3]
(19,300 km at 13 km/h)
52 nautical miles at 4 knots, submerged[3]
(96 km at 7.4 km/h)
Test depth: 50 m (160 ft)[3]
Complement: 26[3]
Armament: 6 × 100 cm (39.4 in) mine tubes[3]
18 × UC 200 mines
3 × 50 cm (19.7 in) torpedo tubes (2 bow/external; one stern)
7 × torpedoes
1 × 8.8 cm (3.46 in) KL/30 deck gun[2]
Notes: 35-second diving time[2]

SM UC-66 was a German Type UC II minelaying submarine or U-boat in the German Imperial Navy (German: Kaiserliche Marine) during World War I. The U-boat was ordered on 12 January 1916 and was launched on 15 July 1916. She was commissioned into the German Imperial Navy on 14 November 1916 as SM UC-66.[Note 1] In 5 patrols UC-66 was credited with sinking 33 ships, either by torpedo or by mines laid. UC-66 was probably sunk by depth charges from the armed trawler Sea King on 12 June 1917 in the western approaches to the English Channel.[1]

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 f Helgason, Guðmundur. "WWI U-boats: UC-66". U-Boat War in World War I. Uboat.net. Retrieved 23 February 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Tarrant, p. 173.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Gardiner, p. 182.

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. 


Coordinates: 50°31′N 0°27′E / 50.517°N 0.450°E / 50.517; 0.450