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SM U-47 (Germany)
Career (German Empire)
Name: U-47
Ordered: 4 August 1914
Builder: Kaiserliche Werft Danzig
Launched: 16 August 1915
Commissioned: 28 February 1916
Fate: Scuttled on 28 October 1918
General characteristics
Type: Type U-43 submarine
Displacement: 725 tons (surfaced)
940 tons (submerged)
1,059 tons (total)
Length: 65 m (213 ft) (oa
52.51 m (172.3 ft) (pressure hull)
Beam: 6.2 m (20 ft) (oa)
4.18 m (13.7 ft) (pressure hull)
Height: 8.7 m (29 ft)
Draught: 3.74 m (12.3 ft)
Installed power: Surfaced: 2400 hp
Submerged: 1200 hp
Speed: 17.1 kn (31.7 km/h; 19.7 mph)
9.1 kn (16.9 km/h; 10.5 mph)
Range: •9,400 nmi (17,400 km; 10,800 mi) at 8 kn (15 km/h; 9.2 mph) surfaced
•55 nmi (102 km; 63 mi) at 5 kn (9.3 km/h; 5.8 mph) submerged
Test depth: 50 m (160 ft)
Complement: 36
Armament: •4 x 50 cm (19.7 in)[1] torpedo tubes (two bow, two stern; 6 torpedoes)
•1 x 88 mm (3.5 in) deck gun with 276 rounds

SM U-47 was a Type U-43 submarine of the Imperial German Navy. She engaged in commerce war during the First World War.

Career[]

U-47 entered service in early 1916, serving initially with the III Flotilla, and from 27 December 1916 with the Pola Flotilla. Her captain between 14 January and 14 June 1918 was Wilhelm Canaris.

She carried out two war patrols and succeeded in sinking 14 ships for a total of 23,931 tons. In addition to this she damaged two ships for 9,351 tons and captured another ship as a prize. Engine troubles meant she could not be used from June 1918, and was finally scuttled at Pula on 28 October 1918 during the evacuation.

Notes[]

  1. Fitzsimons, Bernard, ed. "U-Boats (1905-18)", in The Illustrated Encyclopedia of 20th Century Weapons and Warfare, "(Phoebus Publishing, 1978), Volume 23, p.2534.


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