UB-148 at sea, a U-boat similar to UB-108.
|Ordered:||6/8 February 1917|
|Builder:||Blohm & Voss, Hamburg|
|Cost:||3,714,000 German Papiermark|
|Launched:||21 July 1917|
|Commissioned:||1 March 1918|
|Fate:||lost July 1918 in the English Channel.|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||German Type UB III submarine|
|Length:||55.30 m (181 ft 5 in) (o/a)|
|Beam:||5.80 m (19 ft)|
|Draught:||3.70 m (12 ft 2 in)|
|Test depth:||50 m (160 ft)|
|Complement:||3 officers, 31 men|
|Victories:||2 merchant ships sunk (2,655 GRT)|
SM UB-108 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 1 March 1918 as SM UB-108.[Note 1]
UB-108 was lost in July 1918 in the English Channel.
She was built by Blohm & Voss of Hamburg and following just under a year of construction, launched at Hamburg on 21 July 1917. UB-108 was commissioned early the next year under the command of Oblt.z.S. Wilhelm Amberger. Like all Type UB III submarines, UB-108 carried 10 torpedoes and was armed with a 8.8 cm (3.46 in) deck gun. UB-108 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-108 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.
Summary of raiding history
|7 June 1918||Diana||United Kingdom||1,119||Sunk|
|12 June 1918||Kennington||United Kingdom||1,536||Sunk|
- "SM" stands for "Seiner Majestät" (English: His Majesty's) and combined with the U for Unterseeboot would be translated as His Majesty's Submarine.
- Tonnages are in gross register tons
- Rössler 1979, p. 66.
- Gröner 1991, pp. 25-30.
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