SMS Vulkan

SMS Vulkan was a U-boat salvage tug in the Kaiserliche Marine laid down in 1907 and commissioned 1908. The ship displaced 1595 tons and had a top speed of 12 knots.

SMS Vulkan
History
German Empire
Name: SMS Vulkan
Builder: Howaldtswerke, Kiel
Laid down: 1907
Launched: 28 September 1907
Commissioned: 4 March 1908
Homeport: Kiel
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,595 gross register tons (GRT)
Length: 85.3 m (280 ft)
Beam: 16.5 m (54 ft)
Draught: 3.85 m (12.6 ft)
Speed: 12 knots
Range: 3,000 nm
Complement: 108 men

The famous U-boat ace Max Valentiner served as salvage officer on Vulkan in early 1911. On 17 January 1911, he and the crew saved all 30 men from U-3 by getting them out of the torpedo tube after it sank near Kiel harbour in Heikendorfer Bay because of an unclosed valve in the ventilation shaft. Amongst the saved crew was Otto Weddigen, the later commander of U-9 and Paul Clarrendorf, the commander of U-boot-Abnahme-Kommando in Kiel which enlisted u-boat crews.

Vulkan is also famous for salvaging two U-boats, U-30 on 27 August 1915 and UC-45 on 17 September 1917.

Vulkan was taken out of service 11 November 1918 and surrendered to the British forces together with the bigger salvage tug, SMS Cyclop. Being pulled to Harwich it was sunk 6 April 1919 in position 54°54′N 06°18′E.

See also

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