UB - 123
Built by A,G.Wesser Bremen Shipyard and launched on 2 Mar 1918
2 Patrols- 22 Jun 1918 - 19 Oct 1918
Oberleutnant zur see Robert Ramm
Born 3 Dec 1890- died 19 Oct 1918
Oberleutnant zur See Robert Ramm & Crew of U-123 mined in the Northern Barrage. 36 dead (all hands lost). 19 Oct 1918
UB - 123
16 July 1918 S.S. Anin 1299tons taken as prize Denmark
16 July 1918 S.S.Constantin 831tons taken as prize Denmark
16 July 1918 S.S.Kjortholm 1400tons taken as prize Denmark
03 Oct 1918 S.S. Eupion 3575tons British
10 Oct 1918 RMS Leinster 2646tons British
UB - 123 under the Command of Oberleutnant Robert Ramm & U-Boat 100 under the command of Kapitanleutnant von Löe, they both apparently engaged the Royal Mail Ship 'Leinster' in the Irish Sea approximately 7 miles ESE of the Kish Light Vessel en-route from Dublin to Holy Head.
U-100 fired one torpedo and missed forward of the bow, the other torpedo tubes failed to fire due to jamming firing tubes by debris.
* U -100 Ship's log entry
Just before 10:00 a.m., while east of the Kish Bank, passengers aboard the "Leinster' saw a torpedo approach from the port side. It missed the ship,
passing in front of the bow. This was the torpedo U -100 fired and was unable to re-fire due to debris jammed in torpedo tubes.
UB-123 then, fired another torpedo which damaged the mail room area on the port side causing the 'Leinster' to sink at the bow. Captian W. Birch reversed course to return to port when a second torpedo hit the port side again causing a tremendous explosion which quickly sank the vessel.
The RMS 'Leinster' carried 77 crewmembers and 694 passengers which included postal workers and app. 500 military personnel.
Casualities were reported as 501 perished of which many were military personnel, civilian and postal employees and Captain W. Welch.
Crew of UB 123
Abenthun Johann F.T.Gast 19.10.1918 UB 123
Bahr Helmut Leutnant z.S 21.12.1894 19.10.1918 UB 123
Bernhofer J U-Heizer 19.10.1918 UB 123
Bernstein Richard U-Matrose 19.10.1918 UB 123
Böhle Franz U-Maschinist Anw 19.10.1918 UB 123
Donat Hermann U-Maschinist Anw 19.10.1918 UB 123
Drobbe Fritz U-Maschinistenmaat 19.10.1918 UB 123
Elies Alfons U-Maschinist 19.10.1918 UB 123
Engelmann F U-Heizer 19.10.1918 UB 123
Frick Willy U-Matrose 19.10.1918 UB 123
Friedrich Jac U-Matrose 19.10.1918 UB 123
Fuhrmann O U-Obermaschinistenmaat 19.10.1918 UB 123
Funke Erich U-Maschinist Anw 19.10.1918 UB 123
Gernandt J U-Maschinist Anw 19.10.1918 UB 123
Hatting Friedrich U-Bootsmannsmaat d.Res 19.10.1918 UB 123
Hüls Emil U-Heizer 19.10.1918 UB 123
Hüttenrauch U-Maschinistenmaat 19.10.1918 UB 123
Hösterey Richard U-Obermaschinist Anw 19.10.1918 UB 123
Jeus Jacob U-Matrose 19.10.1918 UB 123
Krackow Emil U-Matrose 19.10.1918 UB 123
Kraatz Karl U-F.T.Maat 19.10.1918 UB 123
Leverenz Adolf U-Heizer 19.10.1918 UB 123
Meier Hermann Marine Ingenieur 16.05.1893 19.10.1918 UB 123
Oeser Otto U-Matrose 19.10.1918 UB 123
Osterkamp W U-Matrose 19.10.1918 UB 123
Pflücker U-Heizer 19.10.1918 UB 123
Plücker Wilhelm U-Heizer 19.10.1918 UB 123
Reinhardt P U-Maschinistenmaat 19.10.1918 UB 123
Repp August U-Maschinistenmaat 19.10.1918 UB 123
Scheel Willi U-Matrose 19.10.1918 UB 123
Schermer A U-Matrose 19.10.1918 UB 123
Schwebke Alf U-Obermatrose 19.10.1918 UB 123
Siegling Walter U-Maschinistenmaat 19.10.1918 UB 123
Wyschka Johann U-Steuermann 19.10.1918 UB 123
After torpedoing the RMS 'Leinster', U -123 was returning to Zeebrugge and apparently struck a mine barrage that stretched from
Scotland to Norway sinking with all hands; 36 crew members lost.
The bodies of Oberleutnant zur See Robert Ramm and his crew of two officers and thirty three men were never recovered.
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