Germany,Baltic Sea

HDMS Niels Juel was a coastal defense ship laid down by Orlogsværftet in Copenhagen in September 1914. She was redesigned as a light cruiser during construction, and was finally launched in 1918. She was modernized in the 1930's, and after the German Invasion in April 1940 she remained in active service in the Danish navy. Three years later when the German forces tried to confiscate the Danish navy vessels, she tried to escape to Sweden. After being damaged by German airplanes the crew had to beach her before she reached Sweden. She was made seaworthy and confiscated by the Germans in October 1943, and after repairs in Kiel she was renamed to Nordland. She was commissioned in the Kriegsmarine in September 1944, and used as a stationary artillery training vessel. She was scuttled in the Eckernförde inlet 3.May 1945. Salvage was done on the wreck after the war, and most of her hull was cut down all the way down to the waterline. Her battered remains rest today on a depth of 25 to 30 meters.

Former names:
HDMS Niels Juel
295,1 x 53,6 x 17,1 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
3861 displ ( std )
København ( DK ) 1918
( D )

54 28,200 N-10 04,360 E
( Source: Baltic Sea Explorers )

Picture: Niels Juel in 1938
Courtesy of Naval Encyclopedia

Last updated: January 2021