UB-148 at sea, a U-boat similar to UB-57.
|Ordered||20 May 1916|
|Builder||AG Weser, Bremen|
|Cost||3,276,000 German Papiermark|
|Laid down||13 September 1916|
|Launched||21 June 1917|
|Commissioned||30 July 1917|
|Fate||Sunk 14 August 1918 at 51°56′N 02°02′E / 51.933°N 2.033°E by a mine, 34 dead|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type||German Type UB III submarine|
|Length||55.85 m (183 ft 3 in) (o/a)|
|Beam||5.80 m (19 ft)|
|Draught||3.72 m (12 ft 2 in)|
|Test depth||50 m (160 ft)|
|Complement||3 officers, 31 men|
SM UB-57 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 Flanders Flotilla of the German Imperial Navy on 30 July 1917 as SM UB-57.[Note 1]
She operated as part of the Flanders Flotilla based in Zeebrugge. UB-57 was sunk at 23:00 on 14 August 1918 at 51°56′N 02°02′E / 51.933°N 2.033°E after striking a mine, 34 crew members lost their lives in the event.
She was built by AG Weser, Bremen and following just under a year of construction, launched at Bremen on 21 June 1917. UB-57 was commissioned later that same year under the command of Kptlt. Otto Steinbrinck. Like all Type UB III submarines, UB-57 carried 10 torpedoes and was armed with a 8.8 cm (3.46 in) deck gun. UB-57 would carry a crew of up to 3 officer and 31 men and had a cruising range of 9,020 nautical miles (16,710 km; 10,380 mi). UB-57 had a displacement of 516 t (508 long tons) while surfaced and 646 t (636 long tons; 712 short tons) when submerged. Her engines enabled her to travel at 13.4 knots (24.8 km/h; 15.4 mph) when surfaced and 7.8 knots (14.4 km/h; 9.0 mph) when submerged.
Summary of raiding history
|7 October 1917||Alcyone||United Kingdom||116||Sunk|
|11 October 1917||Joshua||United Kingdom||60||Sunk|
|20 October 1917||Leander||Norway||2,968||Sunk|
|20 October 1917||Nitedal||Norway||1,714||Sunk|
|22 October 1917||Novillo||Denmark||2,336||Sunk|
|23 October 1917||Seistan||United Kingdom||4,238||Sunk|
|23 October 1917||Tredegar Hall||United Kingdom||3,764||Sunk|
|22 November 1917||Krosfond||Norway||1,707||Sunk|
|24 November 1917||Nyassa||United Kingdom||2,579||Sunk|
|27 November 1917||Almond Branch||United Kingdom||3,461||Sunk|
|27 November 1917||Eastfield||United Kingdom||2,145||Sunk|
|22 December 1917||Mabel Baird||United Kingdom||2,500||Sunk|
|23 December 1917||Vellore||Norway||1,672||Sunk|
|26 December 1917||Benito||United Kingdom||4,712||Sunk|
|26 December 1917||Tregenna||United Kingdom||5,772||Sunk|
|28 December 1917||Clara||United Kingdom||2,425||Sunk|
|29 December 1917||Tiro||Norway||1,442||Sunk|
|5 February 1918||Alamance||United States||4,455||Sunk|
|6 February 1918||Westmoreland||United Kingdom||9,512||Damaged|
|7 February 1918||Ardbeg||United Kingdom||227||Sunk|
|7 February 1918||Ben Rein||United Kingdom||212||Sunk|
|7 February 1918||Limesfield||United Kingdom||427||Sunk|
|12 February 1918||Eleanor||United Kingdom||1,980||Sunk|
|12 February 1918||Polo||United Kingdom||1,383||Sunk|
|14 February 1918||Carlisle Castle||United Kingdom||4,325||Sunk|
|14 February 1918||War Monarch||United Kingdom||7,887||Sunk|
|17 March 1918||Anne Yvonne||France||102||Sunk|
|17 March 1918||Arvor||France||52||Sunk|
|17 March 1918||Beata||France||102||Sunk|
|19 March 1918||Luxor||United Kingdom||3,571||Sunk|
|23 March 1918||Sequoya||United Kingdom||5,263||Damaged|
|29 March 1918||India||Portugal||5,990||Damaged|
|29 March 1918||T. R. Thompson||United Kingdom||3,538||Sunk|
|31 March 1918||Alcinous||United Kingdom||6,743||Damaged|
|31 March 1918||Excellence Pleske||United Kingdom||2,059||Sunk|
|29 April 1918||Australier||United Kingdom||3,687||Sunk|
|29 April 1918||Broderick||United Kingdom||4,321||Sunk|
|29 April 1918||La Somme||France||1,477||Sunk|
|30 April 1918||Ella Sayer||United Kingdom||2,549||Sunk|
|30 April 1918||Umba||United Kingdom||2,042||Sunk|
|1 May 1918||Canonesa||United Kingdom||6,683||Damaged|
|2 May 1918||Unity||United Kingdom||1,091||Sunk|
|22 May 1918||Red Rose||United Kingdom||423||Sunk|
|23 May 1918||HMS Moldavia||Royal Navy||9,500||Sunk|
|26 May 1918||Kyarra||United Kingdom||6,953||Sunk|
|27 May 1918||Joseph Simone||France||8||Sunk|
|27 May 1918||Petit Georges||France||10||Sunk|
|27 May 1918||Souvenir de Ste Marie||France||7||Sunk|
|30 May 1918||War Panther||United Kingdom||5,260||Damaged|
|31 May 1918||Galileo||United Kingdom||6,287||Damaged|
|30 June 1918||Wilton||United Kingdom||4,281||Damaged|
|2 July 1918||Royal Sceptre||United Kingdom||3,858||Damaged|
|2 July 1918||Shirala||United Kingdom||5,306||Sunk|
|6 July 1918||Huntscraft||United Kingdom||5,113||Damaged|
|5 August 1918||Tuscan Prince||United Kingdom||5,275||Damaged|
|8 August 1918||Clan Macvey||United Kingdom||5,815||Sunk|
|9 August 1918||Glenlee||United Kingdom||4,915||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
- ^ a b c d e f Gröner 1991, pp. 25–30.
- ^ Rössler 1979, p. 55.
- ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "WWI U-boats: UB 57". German and Austrian U-boats of World War I - Kaiserliche Marine - Uboat.net. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
- ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "Ships hit by UB 57". German and Austrian U-boats of World War I - Kaiserliche Marine - Uboat.net. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
- 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. Vol. 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). Vol. I. Munich: Bernard & Graefe. ISBN 3-7637-5213-7.