SM U-5 (Germany)

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For other ships with the same name, see German submarine U-5.
Hulk Acheron with subs Kiel.jpg
SM U-5 in the Harbour of Kiel (second boat left)
History
German Empire
Name: U-5[1]
Ordered: 8 April 1908[1]
Builder: Germaniawerft, Kiel[1]
Cost: 2,540,000 Goldmark
Yard number: 147[1]
Laid down: 24 August 1908[1]
Launched: 8 January 1910[1]
Commissioned: 2 July 1910[1]
Fate: Sunk 18 December 1914. 29 dead.
General characteristics [2]
Class and type: German Type U 5 submarine
Displacement:
  • 505 t (497 long tons) surfaced
  • 636 t (626 long tons) submerged
Length:
Beam:
  • 5.60 m (18.4 ft) (o/a)
  • 3.75 m (12.3 ft) (pressure hull)
Draught: 3.55 m (11.6 ft)
Propulsion:
Speed:
  • 13.4 knots (24.8 km/h; 15.4 mph) surfaced
  • 10.2 knots (18.9 km/h; 11.7 mph) submerged
Range:
  • 3,300 nmi (6,100 km; 3,800 mi) at 9 knots (17 km/h; 10 mph) surfaced
  • 55 nmi (102 km; 63 mi) at 4.5 knots (8.3 km/h; 5.2 mph)
Test depth: 30 m (98 ft)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
1 dingi
Complement: 4 officers, 24 men
Armament:
Service record
Part of:
  • I Flotilla
  • 1 August – 18 December 1914
Commanders:
  • Kptlt. Johannes Lemmer[3]
  • 1 August – 18 December 1914
Operations: 2 patrols
Victories: None

SM U-5 was a German Type U 5 U-boat built for the Imperial German Navy. She was commissioned 2 July 1910 in Germaniawerft in Kiel. She served in World War I under the command of Kptlt. Johannes Lemmer, with no recorded sinkings of enemy ships on two patrols. She was lost in an accident off the Belgian coast on 18 December 1914, and sank with no survivors - all of her 29 crew members lost their lives.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Rössler, p. 26.
  2. ^ Gröner 1991, pp. 4-6.
  3. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "WWI U-boat commanders: Johannes Lemmer". German and Austrian U-boats of World War I - Kaiserliche Marine - Uboat.net. Retrieved 11 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. 
  • 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 5". German and Austrian U-boats of World War I - Kaiserliche Marine - Uboat.net. Retrieved 27 February 2007. 

Coordinates: 51°23′N 3°11′E / 51.383°N 3.183°E / 51.383; 3.183