|Ordered||17 Jun 1937|
|Laid down||5 Oct 1937||Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel (werk 258)|
|Launched||12 Oct 1938|
|Commissioned||4 Mar 1939||Oblt. Harald Jürst|
|Successes||17 ships sunk, total tonnage 34,130 GRT|
2 auxiliary warships sunk, total tonnage 864 GRT
1 ship damaged, total tonnage 8,009 GRT
1 ship a total loss, total tonnage 4,943 GRT
Scuttled on 3 May 1945 in the Kiel Arsenal after being decommissioned in April 1945. Wreck broken up in 1945.
Attacks on this boat and other events
5 May 1940
The boat was attacked by a submarine in the North Sea and observed a torpedo track that passed about 100 m (109 yds) astern.
1 recorded attack on this boat.
Men lost from U-boats
Unlike many other U-boats, which during their service lost men due to accidents and various other causes, U-59 did not suffer any casualties (we know of) until the time of her loss.
We have 4 emblem entries for this boat. See the emblem page for this boat or view emblems individually below.
The Olympic Rings - Crew 36
Scorpion attacking Britain
Gauntlet with Götz von Berlichingen!
Ja, ja! Die kleinen Boote
There was another U-59 in World War One
That boat was launched from its shipyard on 20 Jun 1916 and commissioned into the Imperial Navy on 7 Sep 1916. The Naval war in WWI was brought to an end with the Armistice signed on 11 Nov, 1918. Read about SM U 59 during WWI.