SM UB-60

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For other ships with the same name, see German submarine U-60.
UB 148 at sea 2.jpeg
UB-148 at sea, a U-boat similar to UB-60.
History
German Empire
Name: UB-60
Ordered: 20 May 1916[1]
Builder: AG Vulcan, Hamburg
Cost: 3,279,000 German Papiermark
Yard number: 85
Launched: 14 April 1917[2]
Commissioned: 6 June 1917[2]
Fate: surrendered 26 November 1918, beached off English East Coast, broken up 1921[2]
General characteristics [2]
Class and type: German Type UB III submarine
Displacement:
  • 508 t (500 long tons) surfaced
  • 639 t (629 long tons) submerged
Length: 55.52 m (182 ft 2 in) (o/a)
Beam: 5.76 m (18 ft 11 in)
Draught: 3.70 m (12 ft 2 in)
Propulsion:
Speed:
  • 13.3 knots (24.6 km/h; 15.3 mph) surfaced
  • 7.8 knots (14.4 km/h; 9.0 mph) submerged
Range:
  • 8,420 nmi (15,590 km; 9,690 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
Part of: Training Flotilla
Commanders:
  • Oblt.z.S. Peter Ernst Eiffe[3]
  • 6 June – 1 July 1917
Operations: No patrols
Victories: None

SM UB-60 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 Training Flotilla of the German Imperial Navy on 6 June 1917 as SM UB-60.[nb 1]

She operated as part of the Training Flotilla based in Kiel. UB-60 was surrendered to the British on 26 November 1918 in accordance with the requirements of the Armistice with Germany, while en route to England it beached of the English East Coast and was broken up in 1921.[2]

Construction[edit]

She was built by AG Vulcan of Hamburg and following just under a year of construction, launched at Hamburg on 14 April 1917. UB-60 was commissioned later that same year under the command of Oblt.z.S. Peter Ernst Eiffe. Like all Type UB III submarines, UB-60 carried 10 torpedoes and was armed with a 8.8 cm (3.46 in) deck gun. UB-60 would carry a crew of up to 3 officer and 31 men and had a cruising range of 8,420 nautical miles (15,590 km; 9,690 mi). UB-60 had a displacement of 508 t (500 long tons) while surfaced and 639 t (629 long tons) when submerged. Her engines enabled her to travel at 13.3 knots (24.6 km/h; 15.3 mph) when surfaced and 8 knots (15 km/h; 9.2 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. 60.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Gröner 1991, pp. 25-30.
  3. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "WWI U-boat commanders: Peter Ernst Eiffe". German and Austrian U-boats of World War I - Kaiserliche Marine - Uboat.net. Retrieved 8 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.