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SM U-27 (Germany)
Career (German Empire)
Name: U-27
Ordered: 19 February 1912
Builder: Kaiserliche Werft Danzig
Launched: 14 July 1913
Commissioned: 8 May 1914
Fate: Sunk 19 August 1915 in Western Approaches. 37 dead.
General characteristics
Class & type: German Type U 27 submarine
Displacement: 685 tons surfaced
878 tons submerged[1]
Length: 64.7 m (212.3 ft)[2]
Beam: 6.32 m (20.7 ft)[2]
Draught: 3.48 m (11.4 ft)[2]
Speed: 16.4 knots (30.4 km/h) (surfaced)
9.8 knots (18.1 km/h) (submerged)
Range: 9,770 nautical miles (18,090 km) at 8 knots (15 km/h) (surfaced)
85 nautical miles (157 km) at 5 knots (9.3 km/h) (submerged)
Test depth: 50 m (164.0 ft)
Armament:
  • 4 x 50 cm (19.7 in) torpedo tubes
  • 1 x 88 mm (3.46 in) deck gun
Service record
Part of: Imperial German Navy: IV Flottille
Commanders: Bernhard Wegener: 1 Aug 1914 - 19 Aug 1915
Operations: 3
Victories: 9 ships sunk for a total of 29,402 tons

SM U-27 was a German Type U-27 U-boat built for service in the Imperial German Navy. She was launched on 14 July 1913, and commissioned on 8 May 1914 with Kapitänleutnant Bernhard Wegener in command.

On 18 October 1914, the British submarine HMS E3 was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea by U-27. This was the first action in which one submarine sank another.

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Fate[edit | edit source]

On 19 August 1915, U-27 was sunk in the Western Approaches in position 50°43′N 07°22′W / 50.717°N 7.367°W / 50.717; -7.367Coordinates: 50°43′N 07°22′W / 50.717°N 7.367°W / 50.717; -7.367 by gunfire from Q-Ship HMS Baralong, and her entire crew including Bernhard Wegener was killed in the so-called Baralong Incident.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Uboat.net U 27 type
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Uboat.net
  3. HMS Hermes at www.wrecksite.eu
  4. "Record for HMS Bayano". Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. 19 June 2007. http://canmore.rcahms.gov.uk/en/site/102639/details/hms+bayano+north+channel/. Retrieved 2009-06-15. 
  5. Lettens, Jan. "SS Drumcree [+1915"]. wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?11339. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  6. Lettens, Jan. "SS Dumfries [+1915"]. wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?11340. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 




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