SM U-53

German submarine SM U-53.jpg
U-53 in Newport, Rhode Island 7 October 1916
History
German Empire
Name:U 53
Ordered:23 August 1914
Builder:Germaniawerft, Kiel
Laid down:17 March 1915
Launched:1 February 1916
Commissioned:22 April 1916
Fate:1 December 1918 - Surrendered. Broken up at Swansea in 1922.[1]
General characteristics [2]
Class and type:Type U 51 submarine
Displacement:
  • 715 t (704 long tons) surfaced
  • 902 t (888 long tons) submerged
Length:
Beam:
  • 6.44 m (21 ft 2 in) (oa)
  • 4.18 m (13 ft 9 in) (pressure hull)
Height:7.82 m (25 ft 8 in)
Draught:3.64 m (11 ft 11 in)
Installed power:
  • 2 × 2,400 PS (1,765 kW; 2,367 shp) surfaced
  • 2 × 1,200 PS (883 kW; 1,184 shp) submerged
Propulsion:2 shafts
Speed:
  • 17.1 knots (31.7 km/h; 19.7 mph) surfaced
  • 9.1 knots (16.9 km/h; 10.5 mph) submerged
Range:
  • 9,400 nmi (17,400 km; 10,800 mi) at 8 knots (15 km/h; 9.2 mph) surfaced
  • 55 nmi (102 km; 63 mi) at 5 knots (9.3 km/h; 5.8 mph) submerged
Test depth:50 m (164 ft 1 in)
Complement:36
Armament:
Service record
Part of:
  • II Flotilla
  • 31 May 1916 – 11 November 1918
Commanders:
Operations:13 patrols
Victories:
  • 87 merchant ships sunk (224,314 GRT)
  • 10 merchant ships damaged (46,339 GRT)
  • 1 warship sunk (1,050 tons)
SM U-53 at Newport, Rhode Island in 1916

SM U-53 was one of the six Type U 51 U-boats of the Imperial German Navy during the First World War.

Construction and commissioning

U-53 was ordered from Germaniawerft, Kiel in 1914 and launched in 1916. She was commissioned under her first commander Hans Rose in 1916.

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Deutsch: SM U 53
polski: SM U-53