SM UB-62

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UB 148 at sea 2.jpeg
UB-148 at sea, a U-boat similar to UB-62.
History
German Empire
Name: UB-62
Ordered: 20 May 1916[1]
Builder: AG Vulcan, Hamburg
Cost: 3,279,000 German Papiermark
Yard number: 87
Launched: 11 May 1917[2]
Commissioned: 9 July 1917[2]
Fate: surrendered 21 November 1918, broken up in Swansea in 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
Armament:
Service record
Part of:
  • Imperial German Navy:
  • V Flotilla
  • 24 August 1917 – 20 April 1918
  • II Flotilla
  • 9 July – 11 November 1918
Commanders:
  • Kptlt. Bernhard Putzier[3]
  • 9 July 1917 – 8 July 1918
  • Oblt.z.S. Günther Sperling[4]
  • 20 April – 11 November 1918
Operations: 7 patrols
Victories:
  • 8 merchant ships sunk (17,226 GRT)
  • 1 merchant ship damaged (7,300 GRT)

SM UB-62 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 9 July 1917 as SM UB-62.[Note 1]

UB-62 was surrendered 21 November 1918 in accordance with the requirements of the Armistice with Germany and broken up in Swansea in 1921.[2]

Construction[edit]

UB-62 was ordered by the GIN on 20 May 1916.

She was built by AG Vulcan of Hamburg and following just under a year of construction, launched at Hamburg on 11 May 1917. UB-62 was commissioned later that same year . Like all Type UB III submarines, UB-62 carried 10 torpedoes and was armed with a 8.8 cm (3.46 in) deck gun. UB-62 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-62 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.

Summary of raiding history[edit]

Date Name Nationality Tonnage[Note 2] Fate[5]
6 September 1917 Hammar II  Sweden 206 Sunk
17 September 1917 Australia  Russian Empire 3,592 Sunk
17 September 1917 Queen Amelia  United Kingdom 4,278 Sunk
18 September 1917 Joseph Chamberlain  United Kingdom 3,709 Sunk
6 November 1917 Benor  Russian Empire 394 Sunk
14 January 1918 Alster  United Kingdom 964 Sunk
12 March 1918 Oswin  Sweden 1,743 Sunk
19 March 1918 Burnstone  United Kingdom 2,340 Sunk
25 July 1918 Indore  United Kingdom 7,300 Damaged

References[edit]

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.
  2. ^ Tonnages are in gross register tons

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Rössler 1979, p. 60.
  2. ^ a b c d e Gröner 1991, pp. 25-30.
  3. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "WWI U-boat commanders: Bernhard Putzier". German and Austrian U-boats of World War I - Kaiserliche Marine - Uboat.net. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "WWI U-boat commanders: Günther Sperling". German and Austrian U-boats of World War I - Kaiserliche Marine - Uboat.net. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "Ships hit by UB 62". German and Austrian U-boats of World War I - Kaiserliche Marine - Uboat.net. Retrieved 4 February 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.