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SM U-61
Career (German Empire) War Ensign of Germany (1903–1919).svg
Name: U-61
Ordered: 6 October 1914
Builder: AG Weser, Bremen (Werk 216)
Laid down: 22 Jun 1915
Launched: 22 July 1916
Commissioned: 2 December 1916
Fate: sunk in a depth charge attack by PC51 at coordinates 51.48N 05.32W on 26 March 1918. 36 dead (all hands lost).[1]
General characteristics
Class & type: German Type U 57 submarine
Displacement: 786 t (774 long tons) (surfaced) 954 t (939 long tons) (submerged)
Length: 67 m (219 ft 10 in)
Draft: 3.79 m (12 ft 5 in)
Propulsion: 2 × diesel engines
2 × electric motors
Speed: 14.7 kn (27.2 km/h; 16.9 mph) (surfaced) 8.4 kn (15.6 km/h; 9.7 mph) (submerged)
Test depth: ~50 m (160 ft)
Armament: 1 × 88 mm (3.5 in) deck gun with 276 rounds
torpedoes: 6, 2/2 (bow / stern tubes)
Service record
Part of: Imperial German Navy
Commanders: Victor Dieckmann [1]
Operations:

9 patrols 33 ships sunk for a total of 84,564 tons. 7 ships damaged for a total of 23,783 tons. 1 warship damaged for a total of 1,020 tons. 7 ships damaged for a total of 23,783 tons.

1 warship damaged for a total of 1,020 tons.

SM U-61 was a German Type U 57 U-boat commissioned and deployed to operate off the coast of the British Isles and attack coastal shipping as part of the U-boat Campaign during World War I.

In a 15-month career spanning nine war patrols, the U-61 plagued allied shipping in the Atlantic Ocean during the German war on Allied trade (Handelskrieg). She sank 33 Allied ships, totalling 84,564 t (83,228 long tons). She also damaged seven ships of 23,783 t (23,407 long tons) and the destroyer USS Cassin before fleeing the fight. She was sunk on 26 March 1918 by the submarine chaser PC-51 in the Atlantic with all 36 hands.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Uboat.net U61


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