Career (German Empire)
1914 Peacetime order
AG Vulcan Stettin, Germany
06 August 1915
10 December 1915
Sunk at the Battle of Jutland, 31 May 1916
3.74 m (fwd); 3.45 meters (aft)
34.5 knots (63.9 km/h)
1,100 nautical miles (2,000 km) at 20 knots (37 km/h),
(2,040 km at 37 km/h)
83 officers and sailors
• 3 × 88 mm (3.5 in) guns,
• 6 × 500 mm (20 in) torpedo tubes,
• 24 mines
SMS V48 was a Großes Torpedoboot 1913 class torpedo boat of the Deutschen Kaiserliche Marine during World War I, and the 24th ship of her class.
Built by AG Vulcan Stettin shipyard, Germany, she was launched in August 1915. The "V" in V48 denotes the shipyard at which she was built.
V48 was assigned to 3rd Flotilla, 6th Half-Flotilla when she participated in the Battle of Jutland. In this action she exchanged fire with the destroyer HMS Shark, with V48 receiving damage from the impact of one or two 4-inch (100 mm) shells. The battleship HMS Valiant later fired a 6-inch (150 mm) shell into her. She was eventually sunk by a 4-inch (100 mm) shell fired from an unidentified ship of the British 12th Destroyer Flotilla, and lost with 90 men killed in action.
The sole survivor was Hans Robert Tietje who spent 14 hours in the water before being picked up.
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