SMS König

Orkney Islands,Europe

After the armistice 11.November 1918 between Germany and the Entente, or the Allies if you like, 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 Fleet which had Scapa Flow as their main base. While the peace negotiations went on, the Germans on the ships began to be suspicious that the British wanted to confiscate the 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 few hours almost 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 in the years to follow, but König was left in the deep. She capsized because of the heavy gun towers and rest today on a depth of 20 to 40 meter northeast of Cava.

Former names:
SMS König

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

SMS König
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