WWI U-boat commanders

Otto Steinbrinck

Kapitänleutnant (Crew 4/07)

Successes
204 ships sunk with a total of 233,072 GRT
2 warships sunk with a total of 11,725 tons
12 ships damaged with a total of 68,674 GRT
1 warship damaged with a total of 850 tons

Born:19 Dec 1888 Lippstadt 
Died:16 Aug 1949 Landsberg am Lech 

Otto Steinbrinck

Ranks

3 Apr 1907 Seekadett
21 Apr 1908 Fähnrich zur See
28 Sep 1910 Leutnant zur See
27 Sep 1913 Oberleutnant zur See
26 Apr 1917 Kapitänleutnant
6 Nov 1919 Out of naval service

Decorations

 Iron Cross 2nd class
 Iron Cross 1st class
   Albert Order (Saxony)
   Order of the Iron Crown
9 Jan 1916  Royal House Order of Hohenzollern
29 Mar 1916  Pour le Mérite
23 Sep 1917  Military Order of St. Henry (Saxony)

U-boat Commands

U 629 Sep 1914 - 4 Nov 1914
U 66 Jan 1915 - 21 Jan 1915
UB 1015 Mar 1915 - 12 Jan 1916
UB 1816 Feb 1916 - 27 Oct 1916
UC 6510 Nov 1916 - 31 Jul 1917
UB 573 Jul 1917 - 1 Jan 1918

Notes

Born on the 19th December 1888, son of a professor at Lippstadt. He entered the Kaiserliche Marine on 3 March, 1907. Became a Fahnrich zur See in 1908 and followed several courses such as artillery, torpedoes. In 1910 became he a Lt.z.S. serving on the cruiser Bremen. In 1911 served at the 1 Matrosen Division at Kiel and specialized further on Torpedo’s. Served afterwards on the U 15 and U 8 and became Oblt.z.S.

When war broke out he was CO of the U 6. In December he was serving on the U-Flottillen Torpedoboot S 122 and the next month he returned in command of the U 6. On the 15th March 1915 he moved to the Marinekorps Flandern to become CO of the very first U-boat of the Flandern Flottille, the UB 10. He remained CO of this U-boat until 12 January 1916. He now received the UB 18 and served on it until the 27th October 1916. In this period Steinbrinck would get enormous reputation as a U-boat commander sinking 74.781 BRT in 14 operations and the British submarine E22.

He was the third U-boat commander to receive the Pour le Mérite on the 29th March 1916. On the 10th November 1916 he took over the command of UC 65 until the 31st July 1917. In 8 operations he destroyed 94 merchant ships or 99.803 BRT and the British mine cruiser Ariadne of 11.150 tons. On the 26th of April he became Kap.lt. and also got married later to Lola Vogelsang. On the 1st of August he took command of UB 57 and again he was showing he was an ace. On the 2nd of January 1918 he left command to Johannes Lohs. He was completely exhausted and after recovery he became 1st Staff officer with the Fuhrer der U-Boote Flandern, Bartenbach. He sank a total of 231.614 BRT and a cruiser and a U-boat. In October 1918 he served with the U-Boot Inspection.

After the war he was active in the Verein Deutscher Eisen und Stahlindustrie and lots of other firms, many times as President. For his work for German industry he received in 1935 the honorary title of Standartenfuhrer at the SS. In 1939 he was vice president of the Vereinigte Stahlwerke.

During WW II he was active as a Fregatten Kapitän and a number of high positions in industry.

He was interned in August 1945 for his honorary title in the SS (!) and received 5 years of imprisonment for this reason and this reason alone. He became badly ill but his British guards refused to have him treated. Finally in August 1949 they did give authorization for an operation, but he died only four days later, on the 16th August, because he had become too weak. He was buried at Lippstadt.

Ships hit by Otto Steinbrinck

DateU-boat Name of shipTonsNat.
 
14 Apr 1915 UB 10  Katwijk2,040nl
7 Jun 1915 UB 10 Menapier1,886be
30 Jul 1915 UB 10 Achieve43br
30 Jul 1915 UB 10 Athena45br
30 Jul 1915 UB 10 Coriander46br
30 Jul 1915 UB 10 Fitzgerald51br
30 Jul 1915 UB 10 Prospector59br
30 Jul 1915 UB 10 Quest46br
30 Jul 1915 UB 10 Strive63br
30 Jul 1915 UB 10 Venture44br
1 Aug 1915 UB 10 Alert59br
1 Aug 1915 UB 10 Fulgens2,512br
6 Aug 1915 UB 10 Xmas Rose27br
8 Aug 1915 UB 10 Arbor Vitae26br
10 Aug 1915 UB 10 Rosalie4,243br
10 Aug 1915 UB 10 Esperance46br
11 Aug 1915 UB 10 George Borrow62br
11 Aug 1915 UB 10 George Crabbe42br
11 Aug 1915 UB 10 Humphrey41br
11 Aug 1915 UB 10 Illustrious59br
11 Aug 1915 UB 10 Ocean’s Gift60br
11 Aug 1915 UB 10 Palm47br
11 Aug 1915 UB 10 Trevear47br
11 Aug 1915 UB 10 Welcome59br
11 Aug 1915 UB 10 Young Admiral60br
20 Dec 1915 UB 10 Belford516br
20 Dec 1915 UB 10 Huntly1,153br
 
26 Feb 1916 UB 18 Au Revoir1,058fr
8 Mar 1916 UB 18 Harmatris4,863br
9 Mar 1916 UB 18  Louisiane5,109fr
9 Mar 1916 UB 18 Silius1,559nw
22 Mar 1916 UB 18 Kelvinbank4,209br
23 Mar 1916 UB 18 Kannik2,397nw
5 Apr 1916 UB 18 Baus1,287nw
5 Apr 1916 UB 18 Jeannette160fr
7 Apr 1916 UB 18 Clyde204br
7 Apr 1916 UB 18 Eemdijk (d.)3,048nl
25 Apr 1916 UB 18 E 22725br
26 Apr 1916 UB 18 Alfred24br
17 May 1916 UB 18 Research44br
15 Jul 1916 UB 18 Bertha203nw
15 Jul 1916 UB 18 Dina164nl
17 Jul 1916 UB 18 Gertrude57br
17 Jul 1916 UB 18 Glance60br
17 Jul 1916 UB 18 Loch Nevis58br
17 Jul 1916 UB 18 Loch Tay44br
17 Jul 1916 UB 18 V.M.G.59br
17 Jul 1916 UB 18 Waverley59br
2 Aug 1916 UB 18 G. C. Gradwell156br
2 Aug 1916 UB 18 Margaret Sutton197br
2 Aug 1916 UB 18 S.D.131br
3 Aug 1916 UB 18 Badger89br
3 Aug 1916 UB 18 Fortuna131br
3 Aug 1916 UB 18 Ivo (d.)56br
3 Aug 1916 UB 18 Jacques Cartier259fr
3 Aug 1916 UB 18 Sphene740br
4 Aug 1916 UB 18 Demaris98br
4 Aug 1916 UB 18 Ermenilda94br
5 Aug 1916 UB 18 Spiral1,342br
9 Aug 1916 UB 18 Henri Elisa822fr
10 Aug 1916 UB 18 Marie784fr
10 Aug 1916 UB 18 Credo728nw
10 Aug 1916 UB 18 Saint Pierre149fr
10 Aug 1916 UB 18 Sora1,052nw
10 Aug 1916 UB 18 Annette Marie118fr
3 Sep 1916 UB 18 Netta370br
3 Sep 1916 UB 18 Teesborough308br
5 Sep 1916 UB 18 City Of Ghent199br
5 Sep 1916 UB 18 Marcel1,433be
8 Sep 1916 UB 18 Gamen2,619sw
9 Sep 1916 UB 18 Georges Andre229fr
9 Sep 1916 UB 18 Lodsen1,247nw
9 Sep 1916 UB 18 Myosotis64fr
9 Sep 1916 UB 18 Carrigan Head (d.)4,201br
10 Sep 1916 UB 18 Furu2,029nw
10 Sep 1916 UB 18 Marechal De Villars1,908fr
10 Sep 1916 UB 18 Polynesia4,064nw
11 Sep 1916 UB 18 Assimacos2,898gr
11 Sep 1916 UB 18 Kong Ring1,611nw
11 Sep 1916 UB 18 Luis Vives2,160sp
12 Sep 1916 UB 18 Antwerpen7,955nl
13 Sep 1916 UB 18 Ariel49fr
13 Sep 1916 UB 18  Hans Jensen1,824da
13 Sep 1916 UB 18  J. N. Madvig1,762da
13 Sep 1916 UB 18 Tolosa1,833nw
14 Sep 1916 UB 18 Ethel1,122nw
20 Oct 1916 UB 18 Cliburn440br
20 Oct 1916 UB 18 The Duke376br
20 Oct 1916 UB 18 The Marchioness553br
21 Oct 1916 UB 18 Brizeux2,197fr
21 Oct 1916 UB 18 Condor740fr
21 Oct 1916 UB 18 Fulvio309nw
21 Oct 1916 UB 18 Rabbi878nw
24 Oct 1916 UB 18 Cannebiere2,454fr
26 Oct 1916 UB 18 Pan796nw
 
8 Feb 1917 UC 65 Guillaume Tell148fr
8 Feb 1917 UC 65 Mary Ann17br
10 Feb 1917 UC 65 Sallagh325br
11 Feb 1917 UC 65 Lycia2,715br
11 Feb 1917 UC 65 Olivia242br
11 Feb 1917 UC 65 Voltaire409br
12 Feb 1917 UC 65 Pinna (d.)6,288br
13 Feb 1917 UC 65 Friendship37br
13 Feb 1917 UC 65 Zircon48br
14 Feb 1917 UC 65 Ferga791br
14 Feb 1917 UC 65 Greenland1,753br
14 Feb 1917 UC 65 Inishowen Head3,050br
14 Feb 1917 UC 65 Margarita375br
15 Feb 1917 UC 65 Afton1,156br
15 Feb 1917 UC 65 Kyanite564br
16 Feb 1917 UC 65 Queenswood2,710br
16 Feb 1917 UC 65 Ville De Bayonne1,301fr
19 Feb 1917 UC 65 Alice18fr
19 Feb 1917 UC 65 Brigade425br
19 Feb 1917 UC 65 Justine Marie16be
19 Feb 1917 UC 65 SAINT LOUIS DE GONZAGUE53fr
19 Feb 1917 UC 65 Skrim727nw
19 Feb 1917 UC 65 VIOLETTE36fr
25 Feb 1917 UC 65 Saint Joseph42fr
25 Feb 1917 UC 65 Vigda1,851nw
26 Feb 1917 UC 65 Alberdina134nl
26 Feb 1917 UC 65 Algiers2,361br
26 Feb 1917 UC 65 Hannah Croasdell151br
27 Feb 1917 UC 65 Brunette104fr
27 Feb 1917 UC 65 Evadne189br
28 Feb 1917 UC 65 Marie Joseph192fr
28 Feb 1917 UC 65 Sjøstad1,155nw
1 Mar 1917 UC 65 Germaine24fr
1 Mar 1917 UC 65 Bout De Zan13fr
1 Mar 1917 UC 65 Diamond Cross29be
1 Mar 1917 UC 65 Drina11,483br
1 Mar 1917 UC 65 Elise II48fr
1 Mar 1917 UC 65 Elorn603fr
1 Mar 1917 UC 65 General Radiguet24fr
1 Mar 1917 UC 65  Glenart Castle (d.)6,824br
1 Mar 1917 UC 65 Homocea58fr
1 Mar 1917 UC 65 Joseph Adolphine21fr
1 Mar 1917 UC 65 Notre Dame De Lourdes47fr
1 Mar 1917 UC 65 Reine des Anges47fr
1 Mar 1917 UC 65 Saint Joseph20fr
1 Mar 1917 UC 65 Sainte Famille25fr
1 Mar 1917 UC 65 Seigneur53fr
1 Mar 1917 UC 65 Sarus (d.)unknownbr
24 Mar 1917 UC 65 Bruyere100fr
24 Mar 1917 UC 65 Ennistown689br
24 Mar 1917 UC 65 Fairearn592br
24 Mar 1917 UC 65 Howe175br
24 Mar 1917 UC 65 Korsnaes732nw
25 Mar 1917 UC 65 Adenwen3,798br
25 Mar 1917 UC 65 Brandon130br
25 Mar 1917 UC 65 Fringante124fr
25 Mar 1917 UC 65 Poseidon2,589gr
27 Mar 1917 UC 65 Kelvinhead3,063br
28 Mar 1917 UC 65 Ardglass778br
28 Mar 1917 UC 65 Dagali742nw
28 Mar 1917 UC 65 Harvest Home103br
28 Mar 1917 UC 65 Laima148ru
28 Mar 1917 UC 65 Snowdon Range4,662br
28 Mar 1917 UC 65 Wychwood1,985br
28 Mar 1917 UC 65 Guillemotunknownbr
30 Mar 1917 UC 65 Puma (d.)1,459br
6 Apr 1917 UC 65 Thelma1,350nw
7 Apr 1917 UC 65  Lapland (d.)18,565br
9 Apr 1917 UC 65 New York (d.)10,798am
26 Apr 1917 UC 65 Agnes Cairns146br
26 Apr 1917 UC 65 Athole150br
26 Apr 1917 UC 65 Bretagne Et Vendee79fr
27 Apr 1917 UC 65 Burrowa2,902br
28 Apr 1917 UC 65 Alu Mendi2,104sp
1 May 1917 UC 65 Helen322br
1 May 1917 UC 65 Ivrig1,197nw
1 May 1917 UC 65 W. D. Potts112br
2 May 1917 UC 65 Amber401br
2 May 1917 UC 65 Derrymore485br
2 May 1917 UC 65 Dora296br
2 May 1917 UC 65 Earnest111br
2 May 1917 UC 65 Morion299br
2 May 1917 UC 65 Saint Mungo402br
2 May 1917 UC 65 Taizan Maru3,527jp
4 May 1917 UC 65 New Design No.266br
4 May 1917 UC 65 Pilar De Larrinaga4,136br
4 May 1917 UC 65 Strumble45br
4 May 1917 UC 65 Victorious39br
7 May 1917 UC 65 Maude93br
8 May 1917 UC 65 San Patricio (d.)9,712br
22 May 1917 UC 65 Merse296br
17 Jun 1917 UC 65 Fraser310br
17 Jun 1917 UC 65  Tartar (d.)850br
18 Jun 1917 UC 65 Gauntlet58br
18 Jun 1917 UC 65  Vaering2,157da
19 Jun 1917 UC 65 Morinier (d.)3,804br
24 Jun 1917 UC 65 Aghia Paraskevi2,795gr
24 Jun 1917 UC 65 Constantinos3,014gr
24 Jun 1917 UC 65 Kong Haakon2,231nw
24 Jun 1917 UC 65 Taigetos2,961gr
25 Jun 1917 UC 65 Petritzis3,692gr
28 Jun 1917 UC 65 Lizzie Ellen114br
20 Jul 1917 UC 65 Fluent3,660br
26 Jul 1917 UC 65  Ariadne (hms)11,000br
27 Jul 1917 UC 65 Bellagio (d.)3,919br
27 Jul 1917 UC 65  Candia6,482br
28 Jul 1917 UC 65 Saint Emilion1,112fr
7 Oct 1917 UB 57 Alcyone116br
11 Oct 1917 UB 57 Joshua60br
20 Oct 1917 UB 57 Leander2,968nw
20 Oct 1917 UB 57 Nitedal1,714nw
22 Oct 1917 UB 57 Novillo2,336da
23 Oct 1917 UB 57 Seistan4,238br
23 Oct 1917 UB 57 Tredegar Hall3,764br
22 Nov 1917 UB 57 Krosfond1,707nw
24 Nov 1917 UB 57 Nyassa2,579br
27 Nov 1917 UB 57 Almond Branch3,461br
27 Nov 1917 UB 57 Eastfield2,145br
22 Dec 1917 UB 57 Mabel Baird2,500br
23 Dec 1917 UB 57 Vellore1,672nw
26 Dec 1917 UB 57 Benito4,712br
26 Dec 1917 UB 57 Tregenna5,772br
28 Dec 1917 UB 57 Clara2,425br
29 Dec 1917 UB 57 Tiro1,442nw
 314,321
206 ships sunk (244,797 tons) and 13 ships damaged (69,524 tons).


Legend
(d.) means the ship was damaged.
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Media links


Kaiserliche Marine U-Boote 1914-1918

Dufeil, Yves

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