SM U-3 (Germany)

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For other ships with the same name, see German submarine U-3.
Hulk Acheron with subs Kiel.jpg
SM U-3 in the Harbour of Kiel (second boat right)
History
German Empire
Name: U 3
Ordered: 13 August 1907[1]
Builder: Kaiserliche Werft Danzig[1]
Cost: 1,629,000 Goldmark
Yard number: DU 2
Launched: 27 March 1909[1]
Commissioned: 29 May 1909[1]
Fate: Surrendered on 1 December 1918. Sank on the way to be broken up at Preston.
General characteristics [2]
Type: German Type U 3 submarine
Displacement:
  • 421 t (414 long tons) surfaced
  • 510 t (500 long tons) submerged
Length:
Beam: 5.6 m (18 ft 4 in)
Draught: 3.05 m (10 ft)
Propulsion:
Speed:
  • 11.8 knots (21.9 km/h; 13.6 mph) surfaced
  • 9.4 knots (17.4 km/h; 10.8 mph) submerged
Range:
  • 1,800 nmi (3,300 km; 2,100 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph) surfaced
  • 50 nmi (93 km; 58 mi) at 5 knots (9.3 km/h; 5.8 mph)
Test depth: 30 m (98 ft)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
1 dingi
Complement: 3 officers, 19 men
Armament:
Service record
Part of Imperial German Navy
Operations 0 patrols
Victories No ships sunk or damaged

SM U-3 was the third German U-Boat created by the German Empire in their history, and the first of two submarines in its class. The boat was built by Kaiserliche Werft Danzig and was launched on 27 March 1909. U-3 began its career in World War I as a training boat from 1 August 1914 to 11 November 1918. On 1 December 1918, the surrendered boat was being towed to Preston to be broken up when it sank. Unlike the first two U-boat designs, the third design was fitted with a 5 cm (2.0 in) SK L/40 deck gun.

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Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Rössler, p. 15.
  2. ^ Gröner 1991, pp. 4-6.

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. 

External links[edit]

  • Helgason, Guðmundur. "WWI U-boats: U 3". German and Austrian U-boats of World War I - Kaiserliche Marine - Uboat.net. Retrieved 3 August 2009.