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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Oct 2016 9:07 p.m. PST

"In the blog on Tuesday 3 November 2015 described the horrific sinking of the hospital ship Anglia close to English south-coast in 1915. She was a victim of a submarine-laid mine, a weapon that was to prove a deadly menace during World War 1. Such mines not only inflicted direct losses it but were also effective in restricting or closing harbour approaches and shipping lanes for long periods once their presence was detected. The German submarine responsible for the Anglia was the small UC-5, a craft specially designed for minelaying. Her operational career was a short one from late July 1915 until April 1916, a mere none months but in this time she was responsible for sinking a total of 29 ships, with a total gross tonnage of 36,288 tons. Few warships have ever been so cost-effective in terms of investment needed to sink a ton of shipping.

The fifteen submarines of the UC I class displaced 168 tons on the surface and were a mere 111-feet long. Single-shafted, with a 90-hp diesel, and a 175-hp electric motor, they were slow 6.5 knots on the surface and 5.5 knots submerged and this was hardly a disadvantage since it enhanced the stealth with which their operations must be conducted. With a crew of 15, they carried no torpedoes and their purpose was to drop the twelve 39-inch diameter mines that they carried in six tubes inclined slightly off vertical. Their short range was not a disadvantage when they operated along the British coast from bases in Belgium…"


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Personal logo chicklewis Supporting Member of TMP22 Oct 2016 10:36 p.m. PST

Just fascinating !

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP23 Oct 2016 2:49 p.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed it my friend!. (smile)


Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP23 Oct 2016 6:05 p.m. PST

I wonder what happened to the UC-5 after the war.


Personal logo chicklewis Supporting Member of TMP23 Oct 2016 11:57 p.m. PST

Great Question, ColCampbell.

Since it was New York, I expect they converted UC-5 into a hotdog street-vendor-cart.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 Oct 2016 10:45 a.m. PST



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