U-boat Types

Type XIV

10 boats commissioned

Construction history of type XIV

U-boats ShipyardWerk #Built during
U-459 - U-4646Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel290- 2951940 - 1942
U-487 - U-4904F. Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel556- 5591941 - 1943

These vessels were a development from the IXD with the length reduced to that of the VIIC boat. The size of these boats and their intended purpose resulted in the nickname 'Milch Cow'. They were built to resupply the fighting U-boats in the Atlantic and thus had no offensive power, only anti-aircraft weapons for defence. For more information about these boats and their missions see The Milch Cows page.

All type XIV U-boats

Below you can see the 10 commissioned U-boats of this type.

U-459, U-460, U-461, U-462, U-463, U-464, U-487, U-488, U-489, and U-490.

Technical information for type XIV

1668 (sf)
1932 (sm)
2300 (total)
Length: (m) 67,10 oa
47,51 ph
Beam: (m) 9,35 oa
4,90 ph
Draught: (draft)6,51 m
Height:11,71 m
Power: (hp)3200 (sf)
750 (sm)
14,9 (sf)
6,2 (sm)
(miles / knots)
12350/10 (sf)
55/4 (sm)
(bow / stern tubes)
Mines: No mines carried
Deck gun: No deck gun
Crew: 53-60 men
Max depth: ca. 240 m
(787 feet)
sm = submerged, sf = surfaced, ph = pressure hull,
oa = overall, hp = horsepower.

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