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Ships - U-20
U-20, a German submarine sailed as a scout for SMS SeaGull, November 16-23, 1915.
U-20 was built by Kaiserliche Werft, at Danzig, Germany and commissioned on August 5, 1913. She was 210 feet in length, displaced 650 tons with a surface speed of 15 knots and a submerged speed of 9 knots. She had two bow and two stern torpedo tubes. Initially an 88-mm naval cannon was mounted on the deck, later in the war a second 88-mm gun was added.
U-20 sailed under the command of Kapitanleutnant Walther Schwieger with a crew of 34.
In the afternoon of May 7, 1915 U-20 fired a single torpedo into the Cunard liner Lusitania. She sank in under 20 minutes, with the loss of 1,198 lives.
The end came for U-20 when she went aground on the West coast of Denmark on November 4, 1916. The submarine could not be freed, even with the assitance of two torpedo boats, and was blown up by her crew early the next day.
RELATED WEB SITES:
uboat.net A site dedicated to German U-boats.
RAIDERS OF THE DEEP, by Lowell Thomas.
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