SMS Kronprinz Wilhelm

Orkney Islands,Europe

After the armistice 11.November 1918 between Germany and the Allies ( 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 on board the ships began to be suspicious that the British wanted to confiscate the fleet. 21.June 1919 the commander 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 years that followed most of the wrecks were raised or salvaged. The battleship capsized because of the heavy gun towers while she sank and rest today on a depth of 12 to 35 meter north of Cava.


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SMS Kronprinz Wilhelm
Kronprinz
575,0 x 97,0 x 30,0 f
     
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25388 grt Kiel ( D ) 1914  ( D )


Picture: SMS Kronprinz Wilhelm
Originally from skovheim.org
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