|Shipyard||Blohm & Voss, Hamburg (Werk 288)|
|Ordered||12 Jan 1916|
|Launched||12 Aug 1916|
|Commissioned||5 Dec 1916|
|Successes||41 ships sunk with a total of 58,699 tons.|
2 ships damaged with a total of 1,529 tons. (View ships hit by UC 72)
|Fate||24 Aug 1917 - Mined while homebound through the Straits of Dover. Exact date of loss uncertain but not before August 23, 1917.. 31 dead (all hands lost).|
Wreck identified in 2013 by a dive team led by Innes McCartney and Gerry Dowd.
Previously recorded fate
Sunk by Q-ship Acton on August 20, 1917. Two ship sinkings the next date that no other U-boat could be responsible for mean that UC 72 survived this encounter.