SMS Kronprinz Wilhelm

Orkney Islands,Europe

After the armistice 11. November 1918 between Germany and the Entente, it was decided that the German Navy should be interned at Scapa Flow. The fleet with 5 battle cruisers, 11 battleships, 8 cruisers and 50 other ships arrived Scapa Flow in late November 1918, and occupied the whole area from Hoy Sound down to Lyness. The fleet was guarded by the British Home Fleet. While the peace negotiations went on, the German got suspicious that the British wanted to confiscate their ships. 21.June 1919 Admiral Von Reuter issued the order to launch Paragraph 11, the code for the fleet to be scuttled. The whole mighty German fleet disappeared in the deep in the following hours. Most of the wrecks were either raised or salvaged, but a few of them were left alone in the deep. The wreck of Kronprinz Wilhelm rest today upside down on a depth of 12 to 35 meter north of Cava. Also see the wrecks of Brummer, Cöln, Dresden, F 2, Karlsruhe, König, Markgraf, V 83 and the salvage barge YC-21.

Former names:
SMS Kronprinz Wilhelm
575,0 x 97,0 x 30,0 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
25388 grt Kiel ( D ) 1914  ( D )

GPS: 58 53.64 N, 3 09.79 W
( Source: Scapa Flow Wrecks )

Picture: SMS Kronprinz Wilhelm in Scapa Flow
Courtesy of Imperial War Museum, Public domain

Last updated: January 2021