SM U-13

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Hulk Acheron with subs Kiel.jpg
SM U-13 in the Harbour of Kiel (first boat left)
History
Germany
Name: U-03
Ordered: 23 February 1908
Builder: Kaiserliche Werft Danzig
Cost: 2,101,070 Goldmark
Yard number: 3
Laid down: 1908
Launched: 16 December 1911
Commissioned: 25 April 1912
Fate: 9 August 1914 – rammed and sunk at 58°22′N 1°16′E / 58.367°N 1.267°E / 58.367; 1.267Coordinates: 58°22′N 1°16′E / 58.367°N 1.267°E / 58.367; 1.267, 29 dead
Status: sunk
General characteristics
Class and type: German Type U 13 submarine
Displacement:
  • 516 t (508 long tons) surfaced
  • 644 t (634 long tons) submerged
Length: 57.88 m (189 ft 11 in)
Beam: 6 m (19 ft 8 in)
Draught: 3.44 m (11 ft 3 in)
Propulsion:
  • 2 shafts
  • 2 × Körting 6-cylinder and 2 × Körting 8-cylinder two stroke paraffin motors with 900 PS (660 kW; 890 shp)
  • 2 × SSW electric motors with 1,040 PS (760 kW; 1,030 shp)
  • 550 rpm surfaced
  • 600 rpm submerged
Speed:
  • 14.8 knots (27.4 km/h; 17.0 mph) surfaced
  • 10.7 knots (19.8 km/h; 12.3 mph) submerged
Test depth: 50 m (160 ft)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
1 dingi
Complement: 4 officers, 25 men
Armament: 4 × 45 cm (17.7 in) torpedo tubes (2 each bow and stern) with 6 torpedoes
Service record
Part of:
  • I Flotilla
  • 1 August 1914 – 10 March 1915
Commanders:
  • Kptlt. Han Artur Graf von Schweinitz und Krain[1]
  • 1–12 August 1914
Operations: 1 patrol
Victories: None

SM U-13[Note 1] was one of the 329 submarines serving in the Imperial German Navy in World War I. U-13 was engaged in the naval warfare and took part in the First Battle of the Atlantic.

She had left Heligoland on 6 Aug 1914 and was not heard from again. She may have been a victim of the German defensive minefield in Heligoland Bight, or from an accident or mechanical failure.

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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.


Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "WWI U-boat commanders: Han Artur Graf von Schweinitz und Krain". German and Austrian U-boats of World War I - Kaiserliche Marine - Uboat.net. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 

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. 
  • Kemp, Paul (1997). U-boats destroyed, German submarine losses in the World Wars. London: Arms & Armour Press. p. 9. ISBN 1-85409-321-5. 

External links[edit]

  • Helgason, Guðmundur. "WWI U-boats: U 13". German and Austrian U-boats of World War I - Kaiserliche Marine - Uboat.net. Retrieved 14 March 2015.