UB-148 at sea, a U-boat similar to UB-72.
|Ordered:||23 September 1916|
|Builder:||AG Vulcan, Hamburg|
|Cost:||3,337,000 German Papiermark|
|Launched:||30 July 1917|
|Commissioned:||9 September 1917|
|Fate:||Sunk 12 May 1918 at Coordinates: by British submarine.|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||German Type UB III submarine|
|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)|
|Test depth:||50 m (160 ft)|
|Complement:||3 officers, 31 men|
SM UB-72 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 September 1917 as SM UB-72.[Note 1]
She was built by AG Vulcan of Hamburg and following just under a year of construction, launched at Hamburg on 30 July 1917. UB-72 was commissioned later that same year . Like all Type UB III submarines, UB-72 carried 10 torpedoes and was armed with a 8.8 cm (3.46 in) deck gun. UB-72 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-72 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 13.4 knots (24.8 km/h; 15.4 mph) when surfaced and 7.5 knots (13.9 km/h; 8.6 mph) when submerged.
Summary of raiding history
|3 February 1918||Svanfos||Norway||896||Sunk|
|28 March 1918||HMS Tithonus||Royal Navy||3,463||Sunk|
|30 March 1918||Vafos||Norway||1,322||Sunk|
|6 May 1918||Sandhurst||United Kingdom||3,034||Sunk|
|8 May 1918||Quito||United Kingdom||3,358||Damaged|
|9 May 1918||Baron Ailsa||United Kingdom||1,836||Sunk|
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