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SM U-49
Career (German Empire)
Name: U-49
Ordered: 4 August 1914
Builder: Kaiserliche Werft Danzig
Launched: 26 November 1915
Commissioned: 31 May 1916
Fate: Rammed in Biscay and sunk by gunfire from SS British Transport on 11 September 1917. 43 dead.
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
Service record
Part of Kaiserliche Marine
Operations 6 patrols
Victories 38 ships sunk for a total of 86.319 tons.
2 ships damaged for a total of 2.609 tons.
1 ship taken as prize for a total of 566 tons.

SM U-49 was the seventh U-boat of the SM U-43 class. She was ordered on August 4, 1914 and was put into the III Flotilla August 7, 1916. Over the course of her career she had sunk 38 ships for a total of over 86,000 tons, of those, none were naval ships. Her only commander was Kapitänleutnant Richard Hartmann who led the boat throughout its entire life until the day she was sunk on September 11, 1917.

Her wreck lies in Cork Harbour, Ireland.[2]

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.
  2. Irish Wrecks Online http://www.irishwrecksonline.net/Lists/CorkListC.htm


Coordinates: 46°17′N 14°42′W / 46.283°N 14.7°W / 46.283; -14.7

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