German Type UE I submarine

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Class overview
Builders: AG Vulkan, Hamburg; Kaiserliche Werft Danzig
Operators:  Kaiserliche Marine
Preceded by: Type U 66
Succeeded by: Type U 81
Completed: 10
Lost: 5
General characteristics
Displacement: 755 tonnes (743 long tons) surfaced
832 tonnes (819 long tons) submerged
[1]
Length: 56.8 m (186 ft 4 in) (o/a)[1]
46.66 m (153 ft 1 in) (pressure hull)[2]
Beam: 5.9 m (19 ft 4 in) (o/a)[1]
5 m (16 ft 5 in) (pressure hull)[2]
Height: 8.25 m (27 ft 1 in)[2]
Draught: 4.86 m (15 ft 11 in)[1]
Propulsion: 900 hp (670 kW) surfaced
660 kW (890 hp) submerged[1]
Speed: 10.6 knots (19.6 km/h; 12.2 mph) surfaced
7.9 knots (14.6 km/h; 9.1 mph) submerged[1]
Range: 7,880 nmi (14,590 km; 9,070 mi) at 7 kn surfaced
83 nmi (154 km; 96 mi) at 4 kn submerged
Complement: 32 men[1]
Armament: One 50 cm (20 in) torpedo tubes forward and one 50 cm torpedo tubes aft
plus one 8.8 cm (3.5 in) SK L/30 or 10.5 cm (4.1 in) SK L/45 deck gun
two minelaying tubes for 38 mines[1]

The German Type UE I submarine was an ocean-going single-hull submarine with saddle tanks built by AG Vulkan in Hamburg and Kaiserliche Werft Danzig. The Type UE I was equipped with two six-cylinder Benz engines for 900 horsepower (670 kW) for a surface top speed of 9.6 knots (17.8 km/h; 11.0 mph) to 10.6 knots (19.6 km/h; 12.2 mph). Armed with a single torpedo tube forward and aft, plus one 8.8 cm (3.5 in) SK L/30 deck gun (U-72 received a 10.5 cm (4.1 in) SK L/45 gun in 1917), its main weapon were the 38 mines in two minelaying tubes. The boats were crewed by four officers and 28 men for a complement of 32.[1]

List of Type UE I submarines[1]
Boat Fate
U-71 surrendered 1919, scrapped
U-72 scuttled 1 November 1918 at Cattaro
U-73 scuttled 30 October 1918 off Pula
U-74 sunk 27 May 1916 in the North Sea
U-75 sunk by mine 13 December 1917 in the North Sea
U-76 sunk 27 January 1917 in the Arctic Ocean
U-77 lost after 5 July 1916 in the North Sea
U-78 sunk 28 October 1918 in the North Sea
U-79 surrendered November 1918, became French submarine 'Victor Reveille, scrapped 1935
U-80 surrendered January 1919, scrapped

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Encyclopedia of U-boats (2004), London:Greenhill Books, ISBN 1-85367-623-3, p.32
  2. ^ a b c Type UE 1 UE ocean minelayers class

Bibliography[edit]

  • Gröner, Erich; Jung, Dieter; Maass, Martin (1991). U-boats and Mine Warfare Vessels. German Warships 1815–1945. 2. Translated by Thomas, Keith; Magowan, Rachel. London: Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-85177-593-4.