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SM UB-116
UB 148 at sea 2.jpeg
UB-148 at sea, a U-boat similar to UB-116.
Career (German Empire)
Name: UB-116
Ordered: 6/8 February 1917[1]
Builder: Blohm & Voss, Hamburg[2]
Cost: 3,714,000 German Papiermark[2]
Yard number: 322[2]
Launched: 4 November 1917[3]
Commissioned: 24 May 1918[3]
Fate: Sunk by remote-controlled mine 28 October 1918 at 58°50′N 3°4′W / 58.833°N 3.067°W / 58.833; -3.067.[3]
General characteristics
Class & type: German Type UB III submarine
Type: Coastal submarine
Displacement: 519 t (511 long tons; 572 short tons) ↑
649 t (639 long tons; 715 short tons) ↓[2]
Length: 55.3 m (181 ft) o/a[2]
Beam: 5.8 m (19 ft)[2]
Draught: 3.7 m (12 ft)[2]
Propulsion: 2 shafts
6-cylinder MAN-Vulcan diesel engines,[4] 1,100 ihp (820 kW)
AEG[4] electric motors, 788 ihp (588 kW)[2]
Speed: 13.3 knots (24.6 km/h; 15.3 mph) ↑
7.5 knots (13.9 km/h; 8.6 mph) ↓[2]
Range: 7,420 nmi (13,740 km; 8,540 mi) at 6 kn (11 km/h; 6.9 mph) ↑
55 nmi (102 km; 63 mi) at 4 kn (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) ↓[2]
Test depth: 50 m (160 ft)[4]
Complement: 3 officers, 31 men[4]
Armament: • 5 × 50 cm (19.7 in) torpedo tubes (4 bow, 1 stern) with 10 torpedoes
• 1 × 8.8 cm (3.46 in) deck gun[4]
Service record
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SM UB-116 was a German Type UB III submarine or U-boat in the German Imperial Navy (German language: Kaiserliche Marine) during World War I. She was commissioned into the German Imperial Navy on 24 May 1918 as SM UB-116.[nb 1]

UB-116 was sunk a remote-controlled mine at 58°50′N 3°4′W / 58.833°N 3.067°W / 58.833; -3.067 off Orkney while making an attempt to enter Scapa Flow in order to attack units of the British Grand Fleet as part of final German Naval offensive of the war.[3]

Construction[]

She was built by Blohm & Voss of Hamburg[2] and following just under a year of construction, launched at Hamburg on 4 November 1917. UB-116 was commissioned in the spring the next year . Like all Type UB III submarines, UB-116 carried 10 torpedoes and was armed with a 8.8 cm (3.46 in) deck gun. UB-116 would carry a crew of up to 3 officer and 31 men and had a cruising range of 7,420 nautical miles (13,740 km).[2] UB-116 had a displacement of 519 t (511 long tons; 572 short tons) while surfaced and 649 t (639 long tons; 715 short tons) when submerged. Her engines enabled her to travel at 13.3 knots (24.6 km/h; 15.3 mph) when surfaced and 7.4 knots (13.7 km/h; 8.5 mph) when submerged.[2]


Notes[]

Footnotes
  1. "SM" stands for "Seiner Majestät" (English: His Majesty's) and combined with the U for Unterseeboot would be translated as His Majesty's Submarine.
Citations


References[]

  • Gröner, Erich (1985). U-Boote, Hilfskreuzer, Minenschiffe, Netzleger, Sperrbrecher. III. Koblenz: Bernhard&Graefe. ISBN 3-7637-4802-4. 
  • Bendert, Harald (2000). Die UB-Boote der Kaiserlichen Marine, 1914-1918. Einsätze, Erfolge, Schicksal. Hamburg: Verlag E.S. Mittler & Sohn GmbH. ISBN 3-8132-0713-7. 
  • Rössler, Eberhard (1979). U-Bootbau bis Ende des 1. Weltkrieges, Konstruktionen für das Ausland und die Jahre 1935 - 1945. I. Munich: Bernhard&Graefe. ISBN 3-7637-5213-7. 

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