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SM U-48
Career (German Empire)
Name: U-48
Ordered: 4 August 1914
Builder: Kaiserliche Werft, Danzig
Launched: 3 October 1915
Commissioned: 22 April 1916
Fate: Scuttled 24 November 1917 after exchanging fire with British patrol craft - 19 dead and 17 survivors.
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-48 was one of the 329 submarines serving in the Imperial German Navy in World War I. U-48 was engaged in the naval warfare and took part in the First Battle of the Atlantic.

On 24 November 1917 she ran aground on Goodwin Sands. There she was fired on by HMS Gipsy. U-48 was scuttled and abandoned. Gipsy continued to fire killing 19. 17 were taken prisoner.[2]

References[]

  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.
  2. Lecane, Philip (2005). Torpedoed. Periscope Publishing. p. 292. ISBN 1-904381-30-8. 


Coordinates: 51°11′N 1°31′E / 51.183°N 1.517°E / 51.183; 1.517

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