SMS Cöln

Orkney Islands,Europe

21.June 1919 the German commander Ludwig Von Reuter issued the order to launch "Paragraph 11", the code for the German fleet to scuttle all their interned ships in Scapa Flow. Within a few hours the whole fleet disappeared in the deep, with exceptions of a few destroyers and other small units that the British navy managed to put ashore or avoid being scuttled. Most of the wrecks were later raised or scrapped on site by different salvage companies. Cöln is the most intact wreck of the four cruisers left in Scapa Flow, and rest today on a depth of approximately 21 to 35 meter northeast of the island Cava. Also see the wrecks of Brummer, Dresden, F 2, Karlsruhe, König, Kronprinz Wilhelm, Markgraf, V 83 and the salvage barge YC-21.

Former names:
SMS Cöln

510,0 x 47,0 x 21,0 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
5531 grt Hamburg ( D ) 1916  ( D )

  • GPS: 58°53.83N; 3°08.45W
    ( Source: Scapa Flow Wrecks )

Picture: SMS Cöln
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Last updated: January 2021