UB-148 at sea, a U-boat similar to UB-88.
|Ordered:||6/8 February 1917|
|Builder:||AG Vulcan, Hamburg|
|Cost:||3,654,000 German Papiermark|
|Launched:||11 December 1917|
|Commissioned:||26 January 1918|
|Fate:||surrendered 26 November 1918, sunk as target 1921|
|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:||3.73 m (12 ft 3 in)|
|Test depth:||50 m (160 ft)|
|Complement:||3 officers, 31 men|
SM UB-88 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 26 January 1918 as SM UB-88.[Note 1]
She was built by AG Vulcan of Hamburg and following just under a year of construction, launched at Hamburg on 11 December 1917. UB-88 was commissioned early the next year under the command of Oblt.z.S. Johannes Ries. Like all Type UB III submarines, UB-88 carried 10 torpedoes and was armed with a 10.5 cm (4.13 in) deck gun. UB-88 would carry a crew of up to 3 officers and 31 men and had a cruising range of 7,120 nautical miles (13,190 km; 8,190 mi). UB-88 had a displacement of 510 t (500 long tons) while surfaced and 640 t (630 long tons) when submerged. Her engines enabled her to travel at 13 knots (24 km/h; 15 mph) when surfaced and 7.4 knots (13.7 km/h; 8.5 mph) when submerged.
After an extensive tour along the U.S. coast, she was sunk as a target on 3 January 1921 in waters off Los Angeles County, California. The wreck of the vessel was found in 2003.
Summary of raiding history
|10 June 1918||Princess Maud||United Kingdom||1,566||Sunk|
|10 June 1918||Dora||Sweden||1,555||Sunk|
|22 June 1918||Avance||Sweden||1,585||Sunk|
|23 June 1918||London||United Kingdom||1,706||Sunk|
|25 June 1918||African Transport||United Kingdom||4,482||Sunk|
|25 June 1918||Moorlands||United Kingdom||3,602||Sunk|
|29 June 1918||Herdis||United Kingdom||1,157||Sunk|
|29 June 1918||Sixty-six||United Kingdom||214||Sunk|
|30 July 1918||Bayronto||United Kingdom||6,045||Damaged|
|3 August 1918||Berwind||United States||2,589||Sunk|
|3 August 1918||Lake Portage||United States||1,998||Sunk|
|4 August 1918||Hundvaagø||Norway||1,901||Sunk|
|9 August 1918||Anselma De Larrinaga||United Kingdom||4,090||Damaged|
|16 September 1918||Philomel||United Kingdom||3,050||Sunk|
|19 September 1918||Fanny||Sweden||1,450||Sunk|
|22 September 1918||Polesley||United Kingdom||4,221||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
- Rössler 1979, p. 61.
- Gröner 1991, pp. 25-30.
- Helgason, Guðmundur. "WWI U-boat commanders: Johannes Ries". German and Austrian U-boats of World War I - Kaiserliche Marine - Uboat.net. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
- Helgason, Guðmundur. "WWI U-boat commanders: Reinhard von Rabenau (Royal House Order of Hohenzollern)". German and Austrian U-boats of World War I - Kaiserliche Marine - Uboat.net. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
- Helgason, Guðmundur. "Ships hit by UB 88". German and Austrian U-boats of World War I - Kaiserliche Marine - Uboat.net. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
- 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.
- Personal account of Charles Daniel Turner, United States Navy sailor who served aboard UB-88 following surrender, Charles Daniel Turner Collection (AFC/2001/001/27862), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress