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SM U-53



   SM U-53 was a Type U 51 built in the Shipyard Germaniawerft, Kiel (Werk 235). Ordered 23 Aug 1914 the vessel was laid down 17 Mar 1915, launched 1 Feb 1916 and commissioned 22 Apr 1916

Commanders.
22 Apr 1916 - 17 Aug 1918 Hans Rose.
18 Aug 1918 - 29 Nov 1918 Otto von Schrader.

U53 undertook 13 patrols between 31 May 1916 and 11 Nov 1918 with II Flotilla Successes amounted to 87 ships sunk with a total of 224,314 tons. 10 ships damaged with a total of 46,339 tons. 1 warship sunk with a total of 1,050 tons.

  • 11 Jul 1916 Calypso 2,876 br
  • 8 Oct 1916 Blommersdijk 4,850 nl
  • 8 Oct 1916 Christian Knutsen 4,224 nw
  • 8 Oct 1916 Stephano 3,449 br
  • 8 Oct 1916 Strathdene 4,321 br
  • 8 Oct 1916 West Point 3,847 br
  • 22 Jan 1917 Anna 154 fr
  • 22 Jan 1917 Zeta 3,053 nl
  • 28 Jan 1917 Nueva Montana 2,039 sp
  • 29 Jan 1917 Algorta 2,117 sp
  • 31 Jan 1917 Hekla 524 nw
  • 2 Feb 1917 Odin 1,045 nw
  • 3 Feb 1917 Housatonic 3,143 am
  • 4 Feb 1917 Aimee Maria 327 fr
  • 4 Feb 1917 Bangpuhtis 259 ru
  • 5 Feb 1917 Bravalla 1,519 sw
  • 9 Feb 1917 Marian 71 nl
  • 2 Mar 1917 Gazelle 119 br
  • 2 Mar 1917 Utopia 184 br
  • 3 Mar 1917 Theodoros Pangalos 2,838 gr
  • 5 Mar 1917 Federico Confalonieri 4,434 it
  • 9 Mar 1917 Cavour 1,929 it
  • 9 Mar 1917 Lars Fostenes 2,118 nw
  • 10 Mar 1917 St. Feodor (damaged) 126 ru
  • 11 Mar 1917 Folia 6,705 br
  • 11 Mar 1917 Gracia 3,129 sp
  • 12 Mar 1917 Hainaut 4,113 be
  • 14 Mar 1917 Aquila 1,092 nw
  • 18 Apr 1917 Scalpa 1,010 br
  • 18 Apr 1917 Sculptor 3,846 br
  • 19 Apr 1917 Tempus 2,981 br
  • 21 Apr 1917 Pontiac 1,698 br
  • 22 Apr 1917 Neepawah 1,799 ca
  • 23 Apr 1917 Eptapyrgion 4,307 br
  • 24 Apr 1917 Anglesea 4,534 br
  • 24 Apr 1917 Ferndene 3,770 br
  • 25 Apr 1917 Elisabeth (damaged) 217 da
  • 25 Apr 1917 Laura 335 br
  • 26 Apr 1917 Hekla 169 da
  • 27 Jun 1917 Ultonia 10,402 br
  • 8 Jul 1917 Asheim 2,147 nw
  • 8 Jul 1917 Atlantic 1,087 da
  • 10 Jul 1917 Cedric 197 br
  • 10 Jul 1917 Mabel 205 br
  • 10 Jul 1917 Pacific 235 br
  • 10 Jul 1917 Peridot 214 br
  • 10 Jul 1917 Pretoria 283 br
  • 10 Jul 1917 Romantic 197 br
  • 10 Jul 1917 Sea King 185 br
  • 10 Jul 1917 Stoic 200 br
  • 16 Aug 1917 Athenia 8,668 br
  • 21 Aug 1917 Devonian 10,435 br
  • 21 Aug 1917 Roscommon 8,238 br
  • 22 Aug 1917 Verdi 7,120 br
  • 23 Aug 1917 Boniface 3,799 br
  • 26 Aug 1917 Durango 3,008 br
  • 26 Aug 1917 Kenmore 3,919 br
  • 10 Oct 1917 Bostonian 5,736 br
  • 10 Oct 1917 Gowrie 1,031 br
  • 11 Oct 1917 Lewis Luckenbach 3,906 am
  • 15 Oct 1917 San Nazario (damaged) 10,064 br
  • 17 Oct 1917 Manchuria 2,997 br
  • 17 Oct 1917 Polvena 4,750 br
  • 19 Oct 1917 Parkhaven 2,635 nl
  • 20 Nov 1917 Megrez 2,695 nl
  • 20 Nov 1917 Nederland 1,832 nl
  • 23 Nov 1917 Westlands 3,112 br
  • 24 Nov 1917 Dunrobin 3,617 br
  • 1 Dec 1917 Helenus (damaged) 7,555 br
  • 5 Dec 1917 Earlswood (damaged) 2,353 br
  • 6 Dec 1917 Jacob Jones (uss) 1,050 am
  • 9 Dec 1917 Nyanza (damaged) 6,695 br
  • 9 Dec 1917 War Tune 2,045 br
  • 10 Dec 1917 Řiekast 605 nw
  • 4 Feb 1918 Treveal 4,160 br
  • 6 Feb 1918 Holkar 61 br
  • 6 Feb 1918 Marsouin 55 fr
  • 7 Feb 1918 Beaumaris 2,372 br
  • 8 Feb 1918 Basuta 2,876 br
  • 9 Feb 1918 Lydie 2,559 br
  • 11 Feb 1918 Merton Hall 4,327 br
  • 2 Apr 1918 Meaford 1,889 br
  • 7 Apr 1918 Cadillac (damaged) 11,106 br
  • 7 Apr 1918 Knight Templar (damaged) 7,175 br
  • 7 Apr 1918 Port Campbell 6,230 br
  • 20 Jun 1918 Aisne (damaged) 315 br
  • 27 Jun 1918 Keelung 6,672 br
  • 28 Jun 1918 Queen 4,956 br
  • 30 Jun 1918 W.m.l. 145 br
  • 2 Jul 1918 Erme 116 br
  • 6 Jul 1918 Gullfaxi 46 is
  • 28 Aug 1918 Pauline 134 ru
  • 1 Sep 1918 Ami De Dieu 45 fr
  • 1 Sep 1918 Etoile Polaire 51 fr
  • 2 Sep 1918 Hirondelle 38 fr
  • 2 Sep 1918 Nicolazic 42 fr
  • 4 Sep 1918 War Firth 3,112 br
  • 5 Sep 1918 Rio Mondego (damaged) 733 pt

On 1 Dec 1918 U53 Surrendered and was broken up at Swansea in 1922.

There was another U 53 in World War Two. That boat was launched from its shipyard on 6 May 1939 and commissioned into the Kriegsmarine on 24 Jun 1939.

24th Nov 1917 SS Dunrobin lost  SS Dunrobin was a 3,617grt defensively-armed British Merchant ship. On the 24th November 1917 when on route from Almeria for the Tyne with a cargo of iron ore and grapes she was torpedoed by German submarine U-53 and sunk, 49 miles SW of the Lizard, Cornwall. 31 lives were lost including the Master.

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