SMS König

Orkney Islands,Europe

After the armistice 11.November 1918 between Germany and the Entente,it was decided that the German navy should be interned in Scapa Flow. The fleet with 5 battle cruisers, 11 battleships, 8 cruisers and 50 destroyers and other smaller vessels arrived Scapa Flow 25.November 1918, and occupied the whole area from Hoy Sound and all the way down to Lyness. The German fleet was guarded by Grand Fleetbased in Scapa Flow. While the peace negotiations went on, the Germans began to be suspicious that the British wanted to confiscate their fleet. 21. June 1919, the commander Ludwig Von Reuter issued the order to launch "Paragraph 11", the code for the fleet to be scuttled. Within a few hours the whole German fleet disappeared in the deep, with exceptions of a few units that the British navy managed to put ashore. Most of the wrecks were raised or scrapped in the years to follow,and König was heavily damaged during salvage work. Her remains rest today upside down on a depth of 20 to 40 meter northeast of Cava. Also read about the fates of Brummer, Cöln, Dresden, F 2, Karlsruhe, Kronprinz Wilhelm, Markgraf, V 83 and the salvage barge YC-21.

Former names:
SMS König

575,0 x 97,0 x 30,0 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
25388 grt Wilhelmshaven ( D ) 1913  ( D )

GPS: 58°53.13 N 3°09.07 W
( Source: Scapa Flow Wrecks )

One of the four German König class dreadnought's
Courtesy of Naval History and Heritage Command