SM UB-106

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For other ships of the same name, see German submarine U-106.
UB 148 at sea 2.jpeg
UB-148 at sea, a U-boat similar to UB-106.
History
German Empire
Name: UB-106
Ordered: 6/8 February 1917[1]
Builder: Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
Cost: 3,714,000 German Papiermark
Yard number: 312
Launched: 21 July 1917[2]
Commissioned: 7 February 1918[2]
Fate: sunk 15 March 1918, later raised and surrendered.[2]
General characteristics [2]
Class & type: German Type UB III submarine
Displacement:
  • 519 t (511 long tons) surfaced
  • 649 t (639 long tons) submerged
Length: 55.30 m (181 ft 5 in) (o/a)
Beam: 5.80 m (19.0 ft)
Draught: 3.70 m (12 ft 2 in)
Propulsion:
Speed:
  • 13.3 knots (24.6 km/h; 15.3 mph) surfaced
  • 7.5 knots (13.9 km/h; 8.6 mph) submerged
Range:
  • 7,420 nmi (13,740 km; 8,540 mi) at 6 knots (11 km/h; 6.9 mph) surfaced
  • 55 nmi (102 km; 63 mi) at 4 knots (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
Test depth: 50 m (160 ft)
Complement: 3 officers, 31 men[2]
Armament:
Service record
Commanders:
  • Oblt.z.S. Hugo Thielmann[3]
  • 7 February – 18 March 1918
  • Oblt.z.S. Max Schmidt[4]
  • 19 March – 11 November 1918
Operations: No patrols
Victories: None

SM UB-106 was a German Type UB III submarine or U-boat in the German Imperial Navy (German: Kaiserliche Marine) during World War I. She was commissioned into the German Imperial Navy on 7 February 1918 as SM UB-104.[nb 1]

UB-106 was lost in an accident on 15 March 1918. Later raised, she was surrendered to Britain along with SM UB-86, SM UB-97, and SM UB-112. She was broken up at Falmouth in 1921.[2]

Construction[edit]

She was built by Blohm & Voss of Hamburg and following just under a year of construction, launched at Hamburg on 21 July 1917. UB-106 was commissioned early the next year under the command of Oblt.z.S. Hugo Thielmann. Like all Type UB III submarines, UB-106 carried 10 torpedoes and was armed with a 8.8 cm (3.46 in) deck gun. UB-106 would carry a crew of up to 3 officer and 31 men and had a cruising range of 7,420 nautical miles (13,740 km; 8,540 mi). UB-106 had a displacement of 519 t (511 long tons) while surfaced and 649 t (639 long tons) when submerged. Her engines enabled her to travel at 13.3 knots (24.6 km/h; 15.3 mph) when surfaced and 7.4 knots (13.7 km/h; 8.5 mph) when submerged.

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rössler 1979, p. 66.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Gröner 1991, pp. 25-30.
  3. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "Hugo Thielmann". German and Austrian U-Boats of World War I - Kaiserliche Marine - Uboat.net. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "Max Schmidt". German and Austrian U-Boats of World War I - Kaiserliche Marine - Uboat.net. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Bendert, Harald (2000). Die UB-Boote der Kaiserlichen Marine, 1914-1918. Einsätze, Erfolge, Schicksal (in German). Hamburg: Verlag E.S. Mittler & Sohn GmbH. ISBN 3-8132-0713-7. 
  • 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 (1979). U-Bootbau bis Ende des 1. Weltkrieges, Konstruktionen für das Ausland und die Jahre 1935 - 1945. Die deutschen U-Boote und ihre Werften (in German) I (Munich: Bernard & Graefe). ISBN 3-7637-5213-7.