SMS Blücher

Dogger Bank,Europe

The German armored cruiser Blücher was built in Kiel and launched in April 1908. She did service in the reconnaissance unit in the Kaiserliche Marine and participated in the bombardment of Yarmouth 3.November 1914 and the raid against Scarborough,Hartlepool and Whitby in December 1914. Under the battle at Dogger Bank 24.January 1915 she was damaged early in the battle and lost her speed, and Admiral Franz Von Hipper chose to sacrifice the cruiser to save the rest of the fleet. She was taken under heavy fire from the British ships, and even bombed by a German Zeppelin who thought she was an enemy ship. Number of casualties range between 790 and 1000, the sources just dont seem to agree much on this detail. The wreck of Blücher rest on a depth of 45 to 60 meter.

Former names:
SMS Blücher

530,1 x 80,5 x 29,0 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
15842 displ
Kiel ( D ) 1908
Kiel ( D )

54°20'0"N   5°42'59"E

Picture: SMS Blücher
Bundesarchiv, DVM 10 Bild 23-61-11
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