SMS Zenta

Montenegro,Adriatic Sea

SMS Zenta ws a Zenta class protected cruiser laid down at Uljanik shipyard in Pola in August 1896. She was launched in August the following year and commissioned in May 1899. She was sent to East Asia to represent the Empire and took part against the Boxer Rebellion in China in 1900. In the First Balkan War she blockaded Montenegro in 1913, and after the outbreak of The Great War in August 1914, she was sent to attack possible targets in the southern part of the Adriatic Sea. 16. August 1914 she encountered together with the destroyer SMS Ulan superior French and British naval forces outside Petrovac. Outnumbered 17 to 2, commander on SMS Zenta Captain Paul Paschner, chose to fight to give SMS Ulan a chance to escape. They engaged the enemy forces, and Zenta disappeared in the deep after a short engagement with the loss of 173 men.  The wreck was first dived in 1996 and rest today on her keel on a depth of 63 to 74 meter southwest of Petrovac.

Former names:
SMS Zenta

317,1 x 38,6 x 13,1 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
2461 displ ( std )
Pola ( AH ) 1897
( AH )

Picture: SMS Zenta
Courtesy of
Moderne Illustrierte Zeitung, Public domain

Last updated: April 2016