SMS Prinz Eugen


SMS Prinz Eugen was the third ship in line of the Tegetthoff dreadnought class which were laid down for the Austro-Hungarian navy. She was laid down in early 1912 and launched 30.November the same year. After trials she stood ready for duty in July 1914. After the outbreak of first world war she remained in harbor due to lack of coal and the ongoing Entente blockade at Ontranto. The only combat action she ever saw was the bombardment of installations around Ancona after Italy had joined the war. Under the treaty of Saint-German-en-Laye in 1919 it was decided that she should be turned over to France. She was handed over in 1920 and sailed to Toulon where the gun turrets were dismantled. 28.June 1922 she was used as a target for aerial bombs and thereafter sunk by the big guns of the battle ships in the French navy. The wreck has not officially been found, and some sources state she was sunk "near Toulon".

Former names:
SMS Prinz Eugen

498,8 x 91,6 x 28,7 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
21254 displ
Trieste ( AH * ) 1914
Pola ( AH * )

Pictures: SMS Prinz Eugen in1914 & All four dreadnoughts in harbor
Courtesy of Wikipedia & "Roads of the great war"
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Last updated: May 2019