SMS Dresden

Chile,South America

SMS Dresden was a light cruiser for the Imperial German navy, built in 1907 by Blohm & Voss. She was part of Maximilian von Spee's East Asia Squadron, and was the only German ship who survived the battle of the Falkland Islands 8.December 1914. She avoided the British forces who hunted her until March 1915. She laid at anchor in Cumberland Bay on Robinson Crusoe island outside Chile, almost out of both coal and ammunition, and was trapped by enemy ships that didn't respect Chiles neutrality. The Germans chose to scuttle her when the British forces opened fire and eight men of the crew perished in the attack. The remains of her rest today in Cumberland Bay on a depth of approx 70 meter. Also see the story of SMS Scharnhorst, sunk at the Battle of the Falkland Island 8.December 1914.

Former names:
SMS Dresden
Erzats Comet
388,1 x 44,3 x 18,2 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
4268 displ
Hamburg ( D ) 1908 ( D )

Picture: SMS Dresden in New York, 1909
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Last updated: April 2020