German submarine U-583

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-583
Ordered: 8 January 1940
Builder: Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
Yard number: 559
Laid down: 1 October 1940
Launched: 26 June 1941
Commissioned: 14 August 1941
Fate: Sunk after a collision in the Baltic Sea, November 1941
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Type VIIC submarine
Displacement: 769 tonnes (757 long tons) surfaced
871 t (857 long tons) submerged
Length: 67.1 m (220 ft 2 in) o/a
50.5 m (165 ft 8 in) pressure hull
Beam: 6.2 m (20 ft 4 in) o/a
4.7 m (15 ft 5 in) pressure hull
Height: 9.6 m (31 ft 6 in)
Draft: 4.74 m (15 ft 7 in)
Propulsion: 2 × supercharged Germaniawerft 6-cylinder 4-stroke F46 diesel engines, totalling 2,800–3,200 PS (2,800–3,200 bhp; 2,100–2,400 kW). Max rpm: 470-490
2 × electric motors, totalling 750 PS (740 shp; 550 kW) and max rpm: 296.
Speed: 17.7 knots (32.8 km/h; 20.4 mph) surfaced
7.6 knots (14.1 km/h; 8.7 mph) submerged
Range: 8,500 nmi (15,700 km; 9,800 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced
80 nmi (150 km; 92 mi) at 4 knots (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
Test depth: 230 m (750 ft)
Crush depth: 250–295 m (820–968 ft)
Complement: 44–52 officers and ratings
Armament:
Service record[2]
Part of: 5th U-boat Flotilla
(15 August–15 November 1941)
Commanders: Kptlt. Heinrich Ratsch
(14 August–15 November 1941)
Operations: None
Victories: None

German submarine U-583 was a Type VIIC U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II.

She carried out no patrols and sank no ships.

She was sunk after a collision with another U-boat in the Baltic Sea, in November 1941.

Service history[edit]

The submarine was laid down on 1 October 1940 at Blohm & Voss, Hamburg as yard number 559, launched on 26 June 1941 and commissioned on 14 August under the command of Kapitänleutnant Heinrich Ratsche.

She served with the 5th U-boat Flotilla from 15 August 1941.

Fate[edit]

U-580 was sunk after a collision with U-153 in the Baltic Sea, on 15 November 1941.

Forty-five men died; there were no survivors.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gröner 1985, pp. 72-74.
  2. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "The Type VIIC boat U-583". German U-boats of WWII - uboat.net. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Busch, Rainer; Röll, Hans-Joachim (1999). Deutsche U-Boot-Verluste von September 1939 bis Mai 1945. Der U-Boot-Krieg (in German) IV (Hamburg, Berlin, Bonn: Mittler). ISBN 3-8132-0514-2. 
  • Gröner, Erich (1985). U-Boote, Hilfskreuzer, Minenschiffe, Netzleger, Sperrbrecher. Die deutschen Kriegsschiffe 1815–1945 (in German) III (Koblenz: Bernard & Graefe). ISBN 3-7637-4802-4. 

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