UB-148 at sea, a U-boat similar to UB-77.
|Ordered:||23 September 1916|
|Builder:||Blohm & Voss, Hamburg|
|Cost:||3,338,000 German Papiermark|
|Launched:||5 May 1917|
|Commissioned:||2 October 1917|
|Fate:||surrendered 16 January 1919.|
|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:||3.68 m (12 ft 1 in)|
|Test depth:||50 m (160 ft)|
|Complement:||3 officers, 31 men|
SM UB-77 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 2 October 1917 as SM UB-77.[Note 1]
UB-77 was ordered by the GIN on 23 September 1916.
She was built by Blohm & Voss of Hamburg and following just under a year of construction, launched at Hamburg on 5 May 1917. UB-77 was commissioned later that same year under the command of Kptlt. Wilhelm Meyer. Like all Type UB III submarines, UB-77 carried 10 torpedoes and was armed with a 8.8 cm (3.46 in) deck gun. UB-77 would carry a crew of up to 3 officer and 31 men and had a cruising range of 8,680 nautical miles (16,080 km; 9,990 mi). UB-77 had a displacement of 516 t (508 long tons) while surfaced and 648 t (638 long tons) when submerged. Her engines enabled her to travel at 13.6 knots (25.2 km/h; 15.7 mph) when surfaced and 7.8 knots (14.4 km/h; 9.0 mph) when submerged.
Summary of raiding history
|5 February 1918||Tuscania||United Kingdom||14,348||Sunk|
|31 March 1918||Celtic||United Kingdom||20,904||Damaged|
|28 August 1918||Lompoc||United Kingdom||7,270||Damaged|
- "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. 65.
- Gröner 1991, pp. 25-30.
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- 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.