SM UC-62

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For other ships with the same name, see German submarine U-62.
History
German Empire
Name: UC-62
Ordered: 12 January 1916[1]
Builder: AG Weser, Bremen[2]
Yard number: 260[1]
Laid down: 3 April 1916[1]
Launched: 9 December 1916[1]
Commissioned: 8 January 1917[1]
Fate: sunk by mine, 14 October 1917[1]
General characteristics [3]
Class and type: German Type UC II submarine
Displacement:
  • 422 t (415 long tons), surfaced
  • 504 t (496 long tons), submerged
Length:
Beam:
  • 5.22 m (17 ft 2 in) o/a
  • 3.65 m (12 ft) pressure hull
Draught: 3.67 m (12 ft 0 in)
Propulsion:
Speed:
  • 11.9 knots (22.0 km/h; 13.7 mph), surfaced
  • 7.2 knots (13.3 km/h; 8.3 mph), submerged
Range:
  • 8,000 nmi (15,000 km; 9,200 mi) at 7 knots (13 km/h; 8.1 mph) surfaced
  • 59 nmi (109 km; 68 mi) at 4 knots (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
Test depth: 50 m (160 ft)
Complement: 26
Armament:
  • 6 × 100 cm (39.4 in) mine tubes
  • 18 × UC 200 mines
  • 3 × 50 cm (19.7 in) torpedo tubes (2 bow/external; one stern)
  • 7 × torpedoes
  • 1 × 8.8 cm (3.46 in) Uk L/30 deck gun
Notes: 30-second diving time
Service record
Part of:
  • Flandern Flotilla
  • 26 March – 14 October 1917
Commanders:
  • Oblt.z.S. Max Schmitz[4]
  • 8 January – 14 October 1917
Operations: 9 patrol
Victories:
  • 11 merchant ships sunk (16,735 GRT)
  • 2 merchant ships damaged (2,935 GRT)
  • 1 warship damaged (122 tons)

SM UC-62 was a German Type UC II minelaying submarine or U-boat in the German Imperial Navy (German: Kaiserliche Marine) during World War I. The U-boat was ordered on 12 January 1916, laid down on 3 April 1916, and was launched on 9 December 1916. She was commissioned into the German Imperial Navy on 8 January 1917 as SM UC-62.[Note 1] In nine patrols UC-62 was credited with sinking 12 ships, either by torpedo or by mines laid. On 19 March 1917, the submerged Royal Navy submarine HMS E50 suffered damage in a collision UC-62 in the North Sea off the North Hinder Light Vessel. UC-62 struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Zeebrugge, Belgium, on 14 October 1917.[1]

Design[edit]

A German Type UC II submarine, UC-62 had a displacement of 422 tonnes (415 long tons) when at the surface and 504 tonnes (496 long tons) while submerged. She had a length overall of 50.35 m (165 ft 2 in), a beam of 5.22 m (17 ft 2 in), and a draught of 3.67 m (12 ft 0 in). The submarine was powered by two six-cylinder four-stroke diesel engines each producing 300 metric horsepower (220 kW; 300 shp) (a total of 600 metric horsepower (440 kW; 590 shp)), two electric motors producing 620 metric horsepower (460 kW; 610 shp), and two propeller shafts. She had a dive time of 48 seconds and was capable of operating at a depth of 50 metres (160 ft).[3]

The submarine had a maximum surface speed of 11.9 knots (22.0 km/h; 13.7 mph) and a submerged speed of 7.2 knots (13.3 km/h; 8.3 mph). When submerged, she could operate for 59 nautical miles (109 km; 68 mi) at 4 knots (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph); when surfaced, she could travel 8,000 nautical miles (15,000 km; 9,200 mi) at 7 knots (13 km/h; 8.1 mph). UC-62 was fitted with six 100 centimetres (39 in) mine tubes, eighteen UC 200 mines, three 50 centimetres (20 in) torpedo tubes (one on the stern and two on the bow), seven torpedoes, and one 8.8 centimetres (3.5 in) Uk L/30 deck gun. Her complement was twenty-six crew members.[3]

Summary of raiding history[edit]

Date Name Nationality Tonnage[Note 2] Fate[5]
5 April 1917 HMS Result  Royal Navy 122 Damaged
2 May 1917 Noordzee  Netherlands 136 Sunk
4 May 1917 Neptunus  Netherlands 160 Sunk
24 May 1917 Chicago City  United Kingdom 2,324 Damaged
30 May 1917 Lisbon  United Kingdom 1,203 Sunk
24 June 1917 HMT Taipo  Royal Navy 247 Sunk
26 June 1917 A. B. Sherman  United States 611 Damaged
28 June 1917 Neotsfield  United Kingdom 1,875 Sunk
28 June 1917 Don Arturo  United Kingdom 3,680 Sunk
25 July 1917 Vaarbud  Norway 362 Sunk
27 July 1917 Carmela  United States 1,379 Sunk
28 July 1917 Glenstrae  United Kingdom 4,718 Sunk
26 August 1917 Chacma  Norway 608 Sunk
15 October 1917 Hartburn  United Kingdom 2,367 Sunk

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. ^ Merchant ship tonnages are in gross register tons. Military vessels are listed by tons displacement.

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Helgason, Guðmundur. "WWI U-boats: UC 62". German and Austrian U-boats of World War I - Kaiserliche Marine - Uboat.net. Retrieved 23 February 2009. 
  2. ^ Tarrant, p. 173.
  3. ^ a b c Gröner 1991, pp. 31-32.
  4. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "WWI U-boat commanders: Max Schmitz". German and Austrian U-boats of World War I - Kaiserliche Marine - Uboat.net. Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "Ships hit by UC 62". German and Austrian U-boats of World War I - Kaiserliche Marine - Uboat.net. Retrieved 3 March 2015. 

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