SMS Markgraf

Orkney Islands,Europe

After the armistice Between Germany and the Entente in November 1918, it was decided that most of the German navy should be interned in Scapa Flow. The fleet with five battle cruisers, eleven battleships, eight cruisers and fifty destroyers arrived Scapa Flow late in November 1918. While the peace negotiations between Germany and the Allies went on, the Germans began to be suspicious that the British wanted to confiscate their ships. 21. June 1919 the commander Ludwig Von Reuter issued the order to launch "paragraph 11", ordering the fleet to be scuttled. Within a few hours most of the German fleet disappeared in the deep, with exceptions of a few smaller units that the British navy managed to put ashore or avoid being scuttled. Most of the wrecks were later salvaged, but Markgraf was left alone. She rest today upside down on a depth of 24 to 42 meter north of Cava. Also see the wrecks of Brummer, Cöln, Dresden, F 2, Karlsruhe, Kronprinz Wilhelm, König, V 83 and the salvage barge YC-21.

Former names:
SMS Markgraf

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

GPS: 58 52.969 N, 3 08.526 W
( Source: Scapa Flow Wrecks )

Picture: SMS Markgraf
Originally from skovheim org, Public domain