SMS Karlsruhe

Orkney Islands,Europe

21.June 1919 Rear Admiral Ludwig Von Reuter issued the order "Paragraph 11", the code for the German fleet to be scuttled. Within a few hours almost the mighty German Hochseeflotte disappeared in the deep, with exceptions of a few smaller units. In the years that followed and all the way until the outbreak of second world war, most of the wrecks were either scrapped or raised, but Karlsruhe was left alone. The wreck rest today with a listing of 45 degrees towards port side on a depth of 12 to 25 meter northwest of Cava. Also see the wrecks of Brummer, Cöln, Dresden, F 2, König, Kronprinz Wilhelm, Markgraf, V 83 and the barge YC-21

Former names:
SMS Karlsruhe

496,9 x 46,7 x 19,7 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
5345 grt Wilhelmshaven ( D ) 1916  ( D )

  • GPS: 58 53.357 N, 003 11.394W
    ( Source: Scapa Flow Wrecks )

Picture: SMS Karlsruhe in San Juan 1914
Courtesy of
Library of Congress, US, Public domain