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German submarine U-587

Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-587
Ordered: 16 January 1940
Builder: Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
Yard number: 563
Laid down: 31 October 1940
Launched: 23 July 1941
Commissioned: 11 September 1941
Fate: Sunk 27 March 1942 in the North Atlantic in position , by depth charges from Royal Navy surface ships.
General characteristics
Type: Type VIIC submarine
Displacement: 769 tonnes (757 long tons) surfaced
871 t (857 long tons) submerged
Length: 67.1 m (220 ft 2 in) o/a
50.5 m (165 ft 8 in) pressure hull
Beam: 6.2 m (20 ft 4 in) o/a
4.7 m (15 ft 5 in) pressure hull
Draft: 4.74 m (15 ft 7 in)
Propulsion: 2 × supercharged Germaniawerft 6-cylinder 4-stroke F46 diesel engines, totalling 2,800–3,200 bhp (2,100–2,400 kW). Max rpm: 470-490
2 × BBC GG UB 720/8 electric motors, totalling 750 shp (560 kW) and max rpm: 296
Speed: 17.7 knots (32.8 km/h; 20.4 mph) surfaced
7.6 knots (14.1 km/h; 8.7 mph) submerged
Range: 8,500 nmi (15,700 km; 9,800 mi) at 10 kn (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced
80 nmi (150 km; 92 mi) at 4 kn (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
Test depth: 230 m (750 ft)
Crush depth: 250–295 m (820–968 ft)
Complement: 44–52 officers & ratings
Service record[1]
Part of: 6th U-boat Flotilla
(11 September 1941 - 1 January 1942) - Training
6th U-boat Flotilla
(1 January 1942 - 27 March 1942)
Commanders: KrvKpt Ulrich Borcherdt
(11 September 1941 - 27 March 1942)
Operations: 1st patrol:
8 January 1942 - 31 January 1942
2nd patrol:
12 February 1942 - 27 March 1942
Victories: 4 merchant ships sunk (22,734 GRT)
1 warship sunk (655 tons)

German submarine U-587 was a Type VIIC U-boat built for Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine for service during World War II. She was laid down on 31 October 1940 by Blohm & Voss, Hamburg as yard number 563, launched on 23 July 1941 and commissioned on 11 September 1941 under Korvettenkapitän Ulrich Borcherdt.

Service History

The boat's short service career began on 11 September 1941 with training, followed by active service on 1 January 1942 as part of the 6th U-boat Flotilla. It ended just 3 months later when she was sunk in the North Atlantic.

In 4 patrols she sank 4 merchant ships, for a total of 22,734 gross register tons (GRT), plus 1 auxiliary warship sunk.

Wolf packs

U-587 took part in 1 wolf pack, namely

  • Robbe (15 Jan 1942 – 24 Jan 1942)


U-587 was sunk on 27 March 1942 in the North Atlantic in position ; depth charged by Royal Navy vessels HMS Grove, Aldenham, Volunteer and Leamington. There were no survivors.

Summary of Raiding Career

Date Name Nationality Tonnage
24 February 1942 Anadara  United Kingdom 8,009 Sunk
6 March 1942 Hans Egede Greenland 900 Sunk
8 March 1942 HMS Northern Princess  Royal Navy 655 Sunk
9 March 1942 Lily  Greece 5,719 Sunk
23 March 1942 Diala  United Kingdom 8,106 Sunk


  1. ^ "The Type VIIC boat U-587 - German U-boats of WWII -". Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "U-587 successes". Retrieved 25 June 2014. 

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