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SM U-23



   SM U-23 was a Type U 23 built at Germaniawerft, Kiel (Werk 177). Ordered 18 Mar 1911, Laid down 21 Dec 1911, Launched 12 Apr 1912 and Commissioned 11 Sep 1913.
Commanders.
1 Aug 1914 - 25 Nov 1914 Erwin Weisbach.
26 Nov 1914 - 17 Dec 1914 Hans Adam.
18 Dec 1914 - 12 Jan 1915 Egewolf Freiherr von Berckheim.
13 Jan 1915 - 20 Jul 1915 Oblt. Hans Schultheß

Career 3 patrols.
Start date unknown - 20 Jul 1915 III Flotilla.
1 Aug 1914 - end date unknown IV Flotilla

Successes 7 ships sunk with a total of 8,822 tons.

  • 13 Mar 1915 U 23 Hans Schultheß Invergyle 1,794 br
  • 15 Mar 1915 U 23 Hans Schultheß Fingal 1,562 br
  • 15 May 1915 U 23 Hans Schultheß Martha 1,182 da
  • 19 May 1915 U 23 Hans Schultheß Chrysolite 222 br
  • 19 May 1915 U 23 Hans Schultheß Crimond 173 br
  • 19 May 1915 U 23 Hans Schultheß Lucerne 154 br
  • 22 May 1915 U 23 Hans Schultheß Minerva 3,735 nw

On the 20th of Jul 1915 U23 was Torpedoed by HM Sub C27 in connection with the decoy trawler Princess Louise at 58.55N, 00.14E. 24 dead and 10 survivors.

There was another U 23 in World War Two.
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 28 Aug 1936 and commissioned into the Kriegsmarine on 24 Sep 1936.

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