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SM U-3 (Germany)
Hulk Acheron with subs Kiel.jpg
SM U-3 in the Harbour of Kiel (second boat right)
Career (German Empire)
Name: U 3
Ordered: 13 August 1907
Builder: Kaiserliche Werft Danzig
Cost: 1,629,000 Goldmark
Yard number: 2
Launched: 27 March 1909
Commissioned: 29 May 1909
Fate: Surrendered on 1 December 1918. Sank on the way to be broken up at Preston.
General characteristics
Type: German Type U 3 submarine
Displacement: 421 metric tons (464 short tons) ↑
510 metric tons (560 short tons) ↓
Length: 51.28 m (168 ft 3 in)
Beam: 5.6 m (18 ft 4 in)
Draught: 3.05 m (10 ft 0 in)
Propulsion: 2 × shaft
2 × Körting 8-cylinder two stroke paraffin motors with 600 PS (590 hp)
2 × SSW electric motors with 1,030 PS (1,020 hp)
550 rpm ↑
600 rpm ↓
Speed: 11.8 kn (21.9 km/h; 13.6 mph) ↑
9.4 kn (17.4 km/h; 10.8 mph) ↓
Range: 1,800 nautical miles (3,300 km; 2,100 mi) @ 12 kn
Test depth: 30 m (98 ft)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
1 dingi
Complement: 3 officers, 19 men
Armament: 4 × 45 cm (18 in) torpedo tubes (2 bow, 2 stern)
1 × 5 cm (2.0 in) SK L/40 gun
Service record
Part of Imperial German Navy
Operations 0 patrols
Victories No ships sunk or damaged

SM U-3 was the third German U-Boat created by the German Empire in their history, and the first of two submarines in its class. The boat was built by Kaiserliche Werft Danzig and was launched on March 27, 1909. U-3 began its career in World War I as a training boat from August 1, 1914 to November 11, 1918. On December 1, 1918, the surrendered boat was being towed to Preston to be broken up when it sank. Unlike the first two U-boat designs, the third design was fitted with a 5 cm (2.0 in) SK L/40 deck gun.

See also[]

SM U-4

References[]

See also[]

List of U-boats

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