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SM U-36

   SM U-36 was a Type U 31 built at Germaniawerft, Kiel (Werk 196). Ordered 29 Mar 1912, Laid down 2 Jan 1913, Launched 6 Jun 1914 and Commissioned 14 Nov 1914.
Commanded from the 14 Nov 1914 to 24 Jul 1915 by Ernst Graeff, she had a career of 2 patrols sailing with II Flotilla. Successes claimed include 14 ships sunk with a total of 12,674 tons and 3 ships taken as prize with a total of 3,466 tons.
  • 8 May 1915 Lilian Drost 1,966 da
  • 10 May 1915 Björn (prize) 1,241 sw
  • 10 May 1915 Niobe (prize) 654 nl
  • 19 Jul 1915 Nordlyset 82 nw
  • 22 Jul 1915 King Athelstan 159 br
  • 22 Jul 1915 Rubonia 3,644 ru
  • 22 Jul 1915 Star Of Peace 180 br
  • 23 Jul 1915 Danae 1,505 fr
  • 23 Jul 1915 Fimreite 3,819 nw
  • 23 Jul 1915 Hermione 210 br
  • 23 Jul 1915 Honoria 207 br
  • 23 Jul 1915 Sutton 332 br
  • 24 Jul 1915 Anglia 107 br
  • 24 Jul 1915 Cassio 172 br
  • 24 Jul 1915 Pass Of Balmaha (prize) 1,571 am
  • 24 Jul 1915 Roslin 128 br
  • 24 Jul 1915 Strathmore 163 br

On the 24th of Jul 1915 she was sunk by gunfire from Q-Ship Prince Charles commanded by Lieutenant Mark Wardlaw RN, off the Hebrides 5907N 0530W. The first U-boat to be sunk by a Q-Ship. There were 18 dead and an unknown number of survivors.

There was another U 36 in World War Two.
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 4 Nov 1936 and commissioned into the Kriegsmarine on 16 Dec 1936.

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