SM U-2 (Germany)

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History
German Empire
Name: U–2
Ordered: 4 March 1906[1]
Builder: Kaiserliche Werft Danzig[1]
Cost: 1,548,000 Goldmark
Yard number: DU 1
Launched: 18 June 1908[1]
Commissioned: 18 July 1908[1]
Decommissioned: 19 February 1919
Fate: sold to Stinnes 3 February 1920 for shipbreaking
General characteristics [2]
Class and type: German Type U 2 submarine
Displacement:
  • 341 t (336 long tons) surfaced
  • 430 t (420 long tons) submerged
Length:
Beam: 5.50 m (18 ft 1 in)
Draught: 3.05 m (10 ft)
Installed power:
  • 2 × Daimler 6-cylinder four stroke paraffin motors with 600 PS (440 kW; 590 shp)
  • 2 × SSW electric motors with 630 PS (460 kW; 620 shp)
  • 550 rpm surfaced
  • 685 rpm submerged
Propulsion:
  • 2 shafts
  • 2 × 1 m (3 ft 3 in) propellers
Speed:
  • 13.2 kn (24.4 km/h; 15.2 mph) surfaced
  • 9 knots (17 km/h; 10 mph) submerged
Range:
  • 1,600 nautical miles (3,000 km; 1,800 mi) at 13 knots (24 km/h; 15 mph) surfaced
  • 50 nautical miles (93 km; 58 mi) at 5 knots (9.3 km/h; 5.8 mph) submerged
Test depth: 30 m (98 ft)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
1 dingi
Complement: 3 officers, 19 men
Armament:
  • 4  ×  torpedo tubes (two bow, two stern)
  • 6 45 centimetres (18 in) torpedoes
Service record
Part of: Imperial German Navy:
Commanders: Friedrich Lützow
Operations: none
Victories: No ships sunk or damaged

SM U-2 was a German U-boat built for the Imperial German Navy. Only one of the type, sometimes called German Type U 2 submarine, was built. U-2 was ordered from Kaiserliche Werft of Danzig on 4 March 1906, launched on 18 June 1908, and commissioned into the Imperial German Navy on 18 July 1908. She conducted no war patrols and spent World War I as a training platform.

After Germany's surrender, she was decommissioned on 19 February 1919 and sold for shipbreaking to Stinnes on 3 February 1920.

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Rössler, p. 15.
  2. ^ Gröner 1991, pp. 3-4.

References[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. 
  • Rössler, Eberhard (1985). U-Bootbau bis Ende des 1. Weltkriegs, Konstruktionen für das Ausland und die Jahre 1935-1945. Die deutschen U-Boote und ihre Werften (in German). I. Koblenz: Bernard & Graefe. ISBN 3-7637-5213-7. 
  • Robert C. Stern. Battle Beneath the Waves: U-boats at War, Cassell Military Paperbacks, 2002. ISBN 0-304-36228-X

External links[edit]

  • Helgason, Guðmundur. "WWI U-boats: U 2". German and Austrian U-boats of World War I - Kaiserliche Marine - Uboat.net. Retrieved 26 February 2007.