SM UA

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History
German Empire
Name: UA
Builder: Germaniawerft, Kiel
Cost: 1,729,000 Goldmark
Yard number: 202
Laid down: October 1912
Launched: 9 May 1914
Commissioned: 14 August 1914
General characteristics
Type: Norwegian A class submarine
Displacement:
  • 270 t (270 long tons) surfaced
  • 342 t (337 long tons) submerged
Length: 46.70 m (153 ft 3 in) (OA)
Beam: 4.78 m (15 ft 8 in)
Draught: 2.80 m (9 ft 2 in)
Propulsion:
  • 2 shafts
  • Germania 6-cylinder four stroke Diesel engine with 700 ihp (520 kW)
  • 2 × SSW modyn by with 380 ihp (280 kW)
  • 450 rpm surfaced
  • 350 rpm submerged
Speed:
  • 14.2 knots (26.3 km/h) surfaced
  • 7.3 knots (13.5 km/h) submerged
Range: 900 nautical miles (1,700 km; 1,000 mi) at 10 kn
Test depth: 50 m (160 ft)
Complement: 3 officers, 18 men
Sensors and
processing systems:
2 × periscopes
Armament:
  • 3 × 45 cm (17.7 in) torpedo tube with 5 torpedoes
  • 1 8.8 cm (3.5 in) deck gun
  • 1 machine gun
Service record
Part of: Imperial German Navy

SM UA[Note 1] was a U-boat of the Imperial German Navy during World War I. Built as the fifth submarine of the Norwegian A class the boat was launched 9 May 1914 and confiscated by the German government after the outbreak of World War I on 5 August 1914. Commissioned as SM U 0 on 14 August 1914 the boat was renamed UA two weeks later and assigned to coastal protection. In 1916 UA was transferred to the Uschule (Submarine School).

After the Armistice with Germany in November 1918 UA was surrendered at Harwich. It was then sold for scrap and was lost on tow off Folkestone.[1] The wreck was identified by archaeologist Innes McCartney in 2013.[2]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Gothling, Wolfgang; Lorscher, Oliver; Schnetzke, Simon (2012). AUSGELIEFERT Die deutschen B-Boote 1918-1920 und ihr Verbleib - Eine Dokumentation -. digital business and printing gmbh Berlin. p. 80. ISBN 978-3-00-037421-0. 
  2. ^ "Identification of the unique "UA" of the Kaiserliche Marine". 

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]

  • 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. p. 48. ISBN 0-85177-593-4. 
  • Gothling, Wolfgang; Lorscher, Oliver; Schnetzke, Simon (2012). AUSGELIEFERT Die deutschen B-Boote 1918-1920 und ihr Verbleib - Eine Dokumentation -. digital business and printing gmbh Berlin. ISBN 978-3-00-037421-0.