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SM U-48



   U48 was a Type U 43 built at the Shipyard Kaiserliche Werft in Danzig (Werk 26). Ordered on the 4th of Aug 1914, the vessel was launched on the 3rd of Oct 1915 and commissioned on the 22nd of Apr 1916

Commanders:
22 Apr 1916 - 9 Mar 1917 Berndt Buß.
10 Mar 1917 - 16 Mar 1917 Hinrich Hermann Hashagen.
17 Mar 1917 - 24 Nov 1917 Karl Edeling

U48 under took 8 patrols between 8 Jun 1916 and 24 Nov 1917 with III Flotilla Successes amounted to 34 ships sunk with a total of 104,558 tons. 1 ship damaged with a total of 180 tons. 2 ships taken as prize with a total of 5,904 tons.

  • 6 Aug 1916 Pendennis (prize) 2,123 br
  • 2 Oct 1916 Lotusmere 3,911 br
  • 4 Oct 1916 Brink 1,391 nw
  • 6 Oct 1916 Suchan (prize) 3,781 ru
  • 6 Oct 1916 Tuva 2,270 sw
  • 29 Dec 1916 Tuskar 3,042 ru
  • 6 Jan 1917 Alphonse Conseil 1,591 fr
  • 6 Jan 1917 Ville Du Havre 5,026 fr
  • 7 Jan 1917 Borgholm 1,719 nw
  • 7 Jan 1917 Evangelos 3,773 gr
  • 8 Jan 1917 Tholma 1,896 nw
  • 12 Jan 1917 Emeraude 183 fr
  • 12 Jan 1917 Vestfold 1,883 nw
  • 14 Jan 1917 Sydney 2,695 fr
  • 16 Jan 1917 Esperanca 4,428 nw
  • 19 Jan 1917 Nailsea Court 3,295 br
  • 3 Mar 1917 Connaught 2,646 br
  • 4 Mar 1917 Adelaide (damaged) 180 br
  • 4 Mar 1917 The Macbain 291 br
  • 7 Mar 1917 Navarra 1,261 nw
  • 9 Mar 1917 Abeja 174 br
  • 9 Mar 1917 East Point 5,234 br
  • 12 Mar 1917 Guerveur 2,596 fr
  • 12 May 1917 San Onofre 9,717 br
  • 13 May 1917 Jessmore 3,911 br
  • 15 May 1917 Meuse 4,075 fr
  • 17 May 1917 Margareta 1,873 ru
  • 21 May 1917 Lynton 2,531 ru
  • 21 May 1917 Madura 1,096 nw
  • 13 Jul 1917 Gibel-Yedid 949 br
  • 14 Jul 1917 Exford 5,886 br
  • 15 Jul 1917 Torcello 2,929 br
  • 16 Jul 1917 Asama 284 br
  • 31 Aug 1917 Westbury 3,097 br
  • 7 Sep 1917 Minnehaha 13,714 br
  • 9 Sep 1917 Elsa 1,236 da
  • 15 Sep 1917 Rollesby 3,955 br

On the 24th of Nov 1917 while waiting for the moon to set, U 48 drifted and eventually went aground at high tide on the Goodwin Sands. She was discovered at dawn by British patrol craft. After a brief exchange of gunfire, scuttling charges were set and the crew abandoned the boat. 19 of the crew lost their lives with 17 survivors. The shifting of the Goodwin Sands occasionally exposes the wreck of U 48.

There was another U 48 in World War Two.
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 8 Mar 1939 and commissioned into the Kriegsmarine on 22 Apr 1939.

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