SMS Blücher

Dogger Bank,Europe

Blücher was an armored cruiser built in Kiel, and was launched in April 1908 for the German Kaiserlische Marine. She did service in the reconnaissance squadron 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. Admiral Franz Von Hipper chose to sacrifice the cruiser to save the rest of the German fleet. She was taken under heavy fire from the British ships, and even bombed by a German Zeppelin who mistook her for an enemy ship. Number of casualties on Blücher during the fierce engagement ranges between 790 and 1000, the sources just don't seem to agree much on this detail. The battered wreck rest today 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