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SM U-50
Career (German Empire)
Name: U-50
Ordered: 4 August 1914
Builder: Kaiserliche Werft Danzig
Launched: 31 December 1915
Commissioned: 4 July 1916
Fate: Sunk probably from a mine off Terschelling on or after 31 August 1917 [1]
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)[2] torpedo tubes (two bow, two stern; 6 torpedoes)
•1 x 88 mm (3.5 in) deck gun with 276 rounds
Service record
Part of: Imperial German Navy
Commanders: Kptlt. Gerhard Berger [1]
Operations: 5 patrols, 27 ships sunk for a total of 92,924 tons.

SM U-50 was one of the 329 submarines serving in the Imperial German Navy in World War I. U-50 was engaged in the naval warfare and took part in the First Battle of the Atlantic.

U-50 is most notable for sinking the armed Merchant cruiser Laconia which killed 2 Americans before the US had entered the war. Laconia was also the 15th largest ship destroyed by submarine during the war.[3]

References[]

  1. Uboat.net U-50
  2. Fitzsimons, Bernard, ed. "U-Boats (1905-18)", in The Illustrated Encyclopedia of 20th Century Weapons and Warfare, "(Phoebus Publishing, 1978), Volume 23, p.2534.
  3. Uboat.net largest ships


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