SMS Dresden

Chile,South America

SMS Dresden was a light cruiser built in 1907 by Blohm & Voss for the German Kaiserliche marine. She was part of Maximilian von Spee's East Asia Squadron in Tsingtao, 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. While she laid at anchor in Cumberland Bay on Robinson Crusoe island, almost out of both coal and ammunition, she was attacked by British forces 14. March 1915. Despite the fact Chile was a neutral country, the British forces decided to engage. Even tho they signaled surrender and hoisted white flags, the British ships opened fire and killed eight men. Dresden was scuttled by her own crew, and the remains of her rest today in Cumberland Bay on a depth of approx 70 meter. Also see the story of the armored cruiser SMS Scharnhorst, who was 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 Tsingtao ( D )

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