SMS Ostfriesland


SMS Ostfriesland was a Helgoland class battleship laid down at Kaiserliche Werft in Wilhlemshaven in October 1908. She was launched in September 1909 and was commissioned two years later. Under The Great War she saw action in all major engagements, both on the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. Unlike most German navy ships she was not interned in Scapa Flow after the armistice in November 1918. She was stricken from the German navy lists in November 1919, and transferred to the US Navy in April 1920. She was bombed and sunk by Martin MB-2 airplanes as a target ship under aerial bomb testing together with the light cruiser SMS Frankfurt 18. July 1921. The wreck rest today on her port side about 70 nautical miles outside the coast of Virginia and Cape Charles, on a depth of 95 to 115 meter.

Former names:
SMS Ostfriesland

548,7 x 93,6 x 29,4 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
22808 displ ( std )
Wilhelmshaven ( D ) 1909
( US )

37° 9′ 8″ N, 74° 34′ 3″ W

Picture: SMS Ostfriesland in 1915
Courtesy of Imperial War Museum Q58459, Public domain

Last updated: February 2021