SM UB-66 was a German Type UB III submarine or U-boat in the German Imperial Navy (German: Kaiserliche Marine) during World War I. She was commissioned into the German Imperial Navy on 1 August 1917 as SM UB-66.
UB-148 at sea, a U-boat similar to UB-66.
|Ordered:||20 May 1916|
|Builder:||Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft, Kiel|
|Cost:||3,276,000 German Papiermark|
|Launched:||31 May 1917|
|Commissioned:||1 August 1917|
|Fate:||sunk by depth charges 18 January 1918 at 38°30′N 24°25′E by a British warship|
|Class and type:||German Type UB III submarine|
|Length:||55.83 m (183 ft 2 in) (o/a)|
|Beam:||5.80 m (19 ft)|
|Draught:||3.67 m (12 ft)|
|Test depth:||50 m (160 ft)|
|Complement:||3 officers, 31 men|
|Victories:||2 merchant ships sunk (4,105 GRT)|
UB-66 was sunk by HMS Campanula at 38°30′N 24°25′E on 18 January 1918, 30 crew members died in the event.
She was built by Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft of Kiel and following just under a year of construction, launched at Kiel on 31 May 1917. UB-66 was commissioned later that same year under the command of Kptlt. Fritz Wernicke. Like all Type UB III submarines, UB-66 carried 10 torpedoes and was armed with a 8.8 cm (3.46 in) deck gun. UB-66 would carry a crew of up to 3 officer and 31 men and had a cruising range of 9,090 nautical miles (16,830 km; 10,460 mi). UB-66 had a displacement of 513 t (505 long tons) while surfaced and 647 t (637 long tons) when submerged. Her engines enabled her to travel at 13.2 knots (24.4 km/h; 15.2 mph) when surfaced and 7.6 knots (14.1 km/h; 8.7 mph) when submerged.
Summary of raiding history
|19 October 1917||Martha||412||Sunk|
|17 January 1918||Windsor Hall||3,693||Sunk|
- "SM" stands for "Seiner Majestät" (English: His Majesty's) and combined with the U for Unterseeboot would be translated as His Majesty's Submarine.
- Tonnages are in gross register tons
- Rössler 1979, p. 27.
- Gröner 1991, pp. 25-30.
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