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SM U-57



   SM U-57 was built at the Shipyard of A.G. Weser, Bremen (Werk 212) Ordered 6 Oct 1914, Laid down 25 Aug 1915, Launched 29 Apr 1916 and Commissioned 6 Jul 1916.

Her commanders were:
6 Jul 1916 - 19 Dec 1917 Carl-Siegfried Ritter von Georg.
20 Dec 1917 - 6 Mar 1918 Oblt. GŁnther Sperling.
7 Mar 1918 - 11 Nov 1918 Walter Stein

U57 had a Career of 7 patrols between 7th of Jul 1916 and 11th of Nov 1918 with II Flotilla She claimed 55 ships sunk with a total of 91,606 tons, 6 ships sunk with a total of 15,687 tons and 1 warship sunk with a total of 1,250 tons.

  • 24 Sep 1916 Ranee (Damaged) 194 br
  • 24 Sep 1916 Albatross 158 br
  • 24 Sep 1916 Aphelion 197 br
  • 24 Sep 1916 Briton 134 br
  • 24 Sep 1916 Devonshire 148 br
  • 24 Sep 1916 Laila 807 nw
  • 24 Sep 1916 Marguerite 151 br
  • 24 Sep 1916 Otter 123 br
  • 24 Sep 1916 Sunshine 185 br
  • 24 Sep 1916 Tarantula 155 br
  • 24 Sep 1916 Otterhound 150 br
  • 25 Sep 1916 Cynthia 133 br
  • 25 Sep 1916 Fisher Prince 125 br
  • 25 Sep 1916 Gamecock 151 br
  • 25 Sep 1916 Harrier 162 br
  • 25 Sep 1916 Loch Ness 176 br
  • 25 Sep 1916 Nil Desperandum 148 br
  • 25 Sep 1916 Quebec 133 br
  • 25 Sep 1916 Seal 135 br
  • 25 Sep 1916 St. Hilda 94 br
  • 25 Sep 1916 Trinidad 147 br
  • 23 Oct 1916 HMS Genista 1,250 br
  • 26 Oct 1916 Rowanmore 10,320 br
  • 30 Oct 1916 Floreal 163 br
  • 31 Oct 1916 Saturn 1,108 nw
  • 18 Jan 1917 Manchester Inventor 4,247 br
  • 22 Jan 1917 Euphrates 2,809 be
  • 22 Jan 1917 Minho 179 pt
  • 22 Jan 1917 Trevean 3,081 br
  • 26 Jan 1917 Bisagno 2,252 it
  • 22 Mar 1917 Sirius 1,053 nw
  • 27 Mar 1917 Holgate 2,604 br
  • 28 Mar 1917 Gafsa 3,974 br
  • 29 Mar 1917 Crispin 3,965 br
  • 29 Mar 1917 Lincolnshire 3,965 br
  • 30 Mar 1917 Lady Patricia (damaged) 1,372 br
  • 31 Mar 1917 Braefield 427 br
  • 5 Apr 1917 Ebenezer 181 da
  • 12 May 1917 Refugio 2,642 br
  • 14 May 1917 Arlington Court (damaged) 4,346 br
  • 19 May 1917 Farnham 3,102 br
  • 24 May 1917 Belgian 3,657 br
  • 1 Jun 1917 Teal 141 br
  • 2 Jul 1917 May Flower 55 sw
  • 5 Jul 1917 Cuyahoga 4,586 br
  • 7 Jul 1917 Tarquah 3,859 br
  • 8 Jul 1917 Pegu 6,348 br
  • 10 Jul 1917 Garmoyle 1,229 br
  • 16 Jul 1917 Benguela (damaged) 5,530 br
  • 8 Oct 1917 Aylevarroo 908 br
  • 8 Oct 1917 Richard De Larrinaga 5,591 br
  • 12 Oct 1917 Cape Corso (damaged) 3,890 br
  • 12 Oct 1917 Georgios Markettos 2,269 gr
  • 13 Oct 1917 Diu 5,556 pt
  • 14 Oct 1917 East Wales 4,321 br
  • 20 Oct 1917 Norden 703 sw
  • 28 Nov 1917 Perm 1,312 da
  • 29 Nov 1917 Pierre 112 fr
  • 30 Nov 1917 Courage 51 br
  • 30 Nov 1917 Gazelle 40 br
  • 3 Dec 1917 Copeland 1,184 br
  • 6 Dec 1917 Saint Antoine De Padoue (damaged) 355 fr

On the 24th of Nov 1918 U57 was surrendered to France, she was broken up at Cherburg in 1921.

There was another U 57 in World War Two.That boat was launched from its shipyard on 3 Sep 1938 and commissioned into the Kriegsmarine on 29 Dec 1938.

23rd Oct 1916 Ship Sunk  HMS Genista, launched 26 February 1916 was sunk by German submarine U-57 in the Atlantic, whilst minesweeping off the west coast of Ireland. Genista sank rapidly and out of 73 crew, only 12 survived.

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