U-570 Type VIIC submarine that was captured by the British in 1941. This U-boat is almost identical to U-1205.
|Ordered||2 April 1942|
|Builder||F Schichau GmbH, Danzig|
|Laid down||12 June 1943|
|Launched||30 December 1943|
|Commissioned||2 March 1944|
|Fate||Scuttled on 3 May 1945|
|Class and type||Type VIIC submarine|
|Height||9.60 m (31 ft 6 in)|
|Draught||4.74 m (15 ft 7 in)|
|Complement||4 officers, 44–52 enlisted|
German submarine U-1205 was a Type VIIC U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II.
She was ordered on 2 April 1943, and was laid down on 12 June 1943 at F Schichau GmbH, Danzig, as yard number 1575. She was launched on 30 December 1943 and commissioned under the command of Kapitänleutnant Hermann Zander on 2 March 1944.
German Type VIIC submarines were preceded by the shorter Type VIIB submarines. U-1205 had a displacement of 769 tonnes (757 long tons) when at the surface and 871 tonnes (857 long tons) while submerged. She had a total length of 67.10 m (220 ft 2 in), a pressure hull length of 50.50 m (165 ft 8 in), a beam of 6.20 m (20 ft 4 in), a height of 9.60 m (31 ft 6 in), and a draught of 4.74 m (15 ft 7 in). The submarine was powered by two Germaniawerft F46 four-stroke, six-cylinder supercharged diesel engines producing a total of 2,800 to 3,200 metric horsepower (2,060 to 2,350 kW; 2,760 to 3,160 shp) for use while surfaced, two AEG GU 460/8-276 double-acting electric motors producing a total of 750 metric horsepower (550 kW; 740 shp) for use while submerged. She had two shafts and two 1.23 m (4 ft) propellers. The boat was capable of operating at depths of up to 230 metres (750 ft).
The submarine had a maximum surface speed of 17.7 knots (32.8 km/h; 20.4 mph) and a maximum submerged speed of 7.6 knots (14.1 km/h; 8.7 mph). When submerged, the boat could operate for 80 nautical miles (150 km; 92 mi) at 4 knots (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph); when surfaced, she could travel 8,500 nautical miles (15,700 km; 9,800 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph). U-1205 was fitted with five 53.3 cm (21 in) torpedo tubes (four fitted at the bow and one at the stern), fourteen torpedoes or 26 TMA mines, one 8.8 cm (3.46 in) SK C/35 naval gun, (220 rounds), one 3.7 cm (1.5 in) Flak M42 and two twin 2 cm (0.79 in) C/30 anti-aircraft guns. The boat had a complement of between 44 — 52 men.
U-1205 was scuttled on 3 May 1945, at Kiel, as part of Operation Regenbogen. The crew became prisoners of war, including Chief Engineer Klaus Grutzka who later became a prominent artist of industrial subjects. The wreck was later raised and broken up.