SMS Markgraf

Orkney Islands,Europe

After the armistice 11.November 1918, it was decided that the German navy should be interned at the British navy base in Scapa Flow. The fleet with 5 battle cruisers, 11 battleships, 8 cruisers and 50 destroyers arrived Scapa Flow late in November 1918. The fleet was guarded by the British Grand Fleet. While the peace negotiations between Germany and the Allied 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 Ludwig Von Reuter issued the order to launch "paragraph 11", the code for the fleet to scuttle. Within few hours almost the whole mighty German fleet disappeared in the deep, with exceptions of a few destroyers and smaller units that the British navy managed to put ashore or avoid being scuttled. In the years that followed , most of the wrecks were raised, but still the wreck of the battleship Markgraf rest upside down on a depth of 24 to 42 meter north of Cava.

Former names:
SMS Markgraf

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

Picture: SMS Markgraf
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