SMS Schiff K


The steamship Kronprinz Wilhelm was built as a freighter, but before she was completed the First World War broke out, and the German navy requisitioned her. She was outfitted with two 105mm cannons and renamed Hilfsschiff K, or "Schiff K" for short, and put in service to protect the German trawler fleet in the North Sea. This was a vital task for Germany's food production, but was also a primary target for Royal navy. On her way back to Germany 2. November 1917 she was attacked by a British fleet who were hunting for the fishing fleet in Kattegat. She was the first to come under enemy fire, and quickly went down in the deep. After having sunk Hilfsschiff K, the British force managed to sink another eight trawlers, and today the wrecks of Frankfurt, Emmy, Julius Wieting, Frisia, Seeadler, Makrele, Sonne and Walter still rest in the cold deep. The remains of Schiff K rest today on a depth of 32 to 41 meter southeast of Anholt.

Former names:
SMS Schiff K
Kronprinz Wilhelm, Gratia, Marie 77,0 x 11,0 x 5,1 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
1768 grt Stettin ( D ) 1914 Stettin ( D )

GPS (ED50): D.56:29,717 12:11,441

Picture: Kronprinz Wilhelm
Courtesy of Allen Jensen & Vrag