WWI U-boat War

Shipyards

Kaiserliche Werft, Danzig

46 commissioned U-boats

On 26 June 1844 a piece of land on both sides of the Toten Weichsel at Danzig became property of the Royal Prussian Government. It was originally meant as a depot at anchoring space for the Amazone, the only warship they had at the moment. In 1848 Prussia started constructing more warships and needed its own shipyard for these means. This became the Danzig.

In 1850 new grounds were bought, further constructions followed and in the late 1870's there was a very large extension of the facilities. In 1906 for example the Emden was constructed over there.

It seems as that the very first plans for construction of a submarine on the shipyard date back from 1865, but it was never realised. In the autumn of 1904 works started on initiative of Grandadmiral von Tirpitz. But the final order came only on 4 March 1906 with the U 2. It was found to be no success and the boat was spending more time along the pier than in service! The following constructions from the yard, U 3 and U 4 and also the U 9 - U 12 series were much improved designs.

In 1909 parts of the yard for U-boat construction were enlarged and more buildings rose on these grounds for the U-boat construction. With a few exceptions most of the U-boats were constructed here until the war broke out. In 1916 followed also the construction of a few UC boats, the UC 55 through UC 60.

Later in the war more UC's of the Type III were to be constructed however the series UC 80-86 were not completed and annulations followed in 1919. The same happened to the UC 139-146, UC 147-152 and U 213-218 series.


U-boats built by Kaiserliche Werft, Danzig:

TypeBoats WerkBuilt during
U 2U 2 1  1906 - 1908
U 3U 3 - U 42 boats 2 - 3   1907 - 1909
U 9U 9 - U 124 boats 4 - 7   1908 - 1911
U 13U 13 - U 153 boats 8 - 10   1909 - 1912
U 17U 17 - U 182 boats 11 - 12   1910 - 1912
U 19U 19 - U 224 boats 13 - 16   1910 - 1913
U 27U 27 - U 304 boats 17 - 20   1912 - 1914
U 43U 43 - U 508 boats 21 - 28   1913 - 1916
UE 1U 73 - U 742 boats 29 - 30   1915
U 87U 87 - U 926 boats 31 - 36   1915 - 1917
Large Ms.U 135   1916 - 1918
Large Ms.U 136   1916 - 1918
Large Ms.U 137   1916 - 1918
Large Ms.U 138   1916 - 1918
UC IIUC 55 - UC 606 boats 37 - 421916 - 1917

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