SMS Wiesbaden


SMS Wiesbaden was a German light cruiser laid down at AG Vulkan in Stettin in 1913, and was launched in January 1915. She was hastily rushed through sea trials, and assigned to Hochseeflotte in August the same year. The year after she took part in the Battle of Jutland 30 May - 1 June 1916. She was hit in the engine rooms by the British battle cruiser HMS Invincible and was disabled. She stayed in the fight and was battered and severely wounded, until she sank early in the morning after. Only one man from the crew of 560 men survived the battle. The battered wreck was found by German navy divers in 1983. The wreck is pretty much broken up, and rest upside down on a depth of 40 to 50 meter outside the west coast of Denmark. Also see the fate of her sister ship SMS Frankfurt.

Former names:

476,8 x 45,7 x 18,1 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
6497 displ ( std )
Stettin ( D ) 1915
Kiel ( D )

Picture: SMS Frankfurt, sister ship of SMS Wiesbaden
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Last updated: May 2019