SMS Frankfurt


SMS Frankfurt was a Wiesbaden class light cruiser laid down at Kaiserliche Werft in Kiel in 1913. She was launched in March 1915 and commissioned five months later. She was assigned to Hochenseeflotte and saw action in the bombardment of Yarmouth and Lowestoft in April 1916, and in the Battle of Jutland the month after. In 1917 she saw action in the Baltic Sea and Operation Albion, the elimination of Russian forces in the city of Riga. She was interned at Scapa Flow after the armistice in November 1918, and was prevented by British sailors to scuttle herself in the great scuttling 21. June 1919. She was handed over to the US Navy 11. March 1920, and used as a target ship under aerial bomb testing they year after. She was bombed and sunk together with SMS Ostfriesland by American Martin MB-2 airplanes 18. July 1921. The remains of her rest today on a depth of 120 meter about sixty nautical miles east of Virginia Capes. Also see the fate of her sister ship SMS Wiesbaden.

Former names:
SMS Frankfurt

477,0 x 46,0 x 18,9 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
5180 displ ( std )
Kiel ( D ) 1915
( US )

37° 13.962' N 74° 33.032' W

Picture: SMS Frankfurt as a target ship in 1921
Courtesy of US Navy NH2063, Public domain

Picture: Sonar picture of the wreck
Courtesy of Bathymetric Research

Last updated: February 2021