SM U-154

Summary

History
German Empire
NameU-154
Ordered29 November 1916
BuilderFlensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft, Flensburg
Yard number381
Launched10 September 1917
Commissioned12 December 1917
FateSunk 11 May 1918
General characteristics [1]
Class and typeGerman Type U 151 submarine
Displacement
  • 1,512 tonnes (1,488 long tons) (surfaced)
  • 1,875 tonnes (1,845 long tons) (submerged)
  • 2,272 tonnes (2,236 long tons) (total)
Length
Beam
  • 8.90 m (29 ft 2 in) (o/a)
  • 5.80 m (19 ft) (pressure hull)
Height9.25 m (30 ft 4 in)
Draught5.30 m (17 ft 5 in)
Installed power
  • 800 PS (590 kW; 790 bhp) (surfaced)
  • 800 PS (590 kW; 790 bhp) (submerged)
Propulsion2 × shafts, 2 × 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in) propellers
Speed
  • 12.4 knots (23.0 km/h; 14.3 mph) surfaced
  • 5.2 knots (9.6 km/h; 6.0 mph) submerged
Range25,000 nmi (46,000 km; 29,000 mi) at 5.5 knots (10.2 km/h; 6.3 mph) surfaced, 65 nmi (120 km; 75 mi) at 3 knots (5.6 km/h; 3.5 mph) submerged
Test depth50 metres (160 ft)
Complement6 officers, 50 enlisted
Armament
Service record
Part of:
  • U-Kreuzer Flotilla
  • Unknown start - 11 May 1918
Commanders:
  • KrvKpt. Hermann Gercke
  • 12 December 1917 - 11 May 1918
Operations: 1 patrol
Victories:
  • 5 merchant ships sunk
    (8,132 GRT)
  • 4 merchant ships damaged
    (18,220 GRT)

SM U-154 was one of the 329 submarines serving in the Imperial German Navy in World War I. U-154 was engaged in the naval warfare and took part in the First Battle of the Atlantic.[2]

On 11 May 1918, U-154 was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean at 36°51′N 11°50′W / 36.850°N 11.833°W / 36.850; -11.833 by the Royal Navy submarine HMS E35 with the loss of all 77 of her crew.

Summary of raiding history

Date Name Nationality Tonnage[Note 1] Fate[3]
12 March 1918 Nordkyn  Norway 3,244 Sunk
17 March 1918 Guadalquivir  Spain 2,078 Sunk
21 March 1918 Chincha  United States 6,371 Damaged
26 March 1918 Beira Alta  Portugal 101 Sunk
7 April 1918 La Bruyere  France 2,198 Damaged
9 April 1918 President Howard  Liberia 73 Sunk
10 April 1918 Burutu  United Kingdom 3,902 Damaged
21 April 1918 Michelet  France 2,636 Sunk
25 April 1918 Kawachi Maru  Empire of Japan 5,749 Damaged

References

Notes

  1. ^ Merchant ship tonnages are in gross register tons. Military vessels are listed by tons displacement.

Citations

  1. ^ Gröner 1991, pp. 20–21.
  2. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "WWI U-boats: U 154". German and Austrian U-boats of World War I - Kaiserliche Marine - Uboat.net. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
  3. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "Ships hit by U 154". German and Austrian U-boats of World War I - Kaiserliche Marine - Uboat.net. Retrieved 5 June 2018.

Bibliography

  • Gröner, Erich; Jung, Dieter; Maass, Martin (1991). U-boats and Mine Warfare Vessels. German Warships 1815–1945. 2. Translated by Thomas, Keith; Magowan, Rachel. London: Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-85177-593-4.
  • Jung, Dieter (2004). Die Schiffe der Kaiserlichen Marine 1914-1918 und ihr Verbleib [German Imperial Navy ships 1914-1918 and their fate] (in German). Bonn: Bernard & Graefe. ISBN 3-7637-6247-7.