SMS Scharnhorst

Falkland Islands, South America

SMS Scharnhorst was an armored cruiser laid down at Blohm & Voss in Hamburg in March 1905, and was launched in March 1906. After a short period in the German High seas squadron and sea trials, she was sent to the East Asia squadron based in Tsingtao in China in 1909. After the outbreak of World War One, it was decided the whole squadron should attempt to reach Europe. They encountered British ships at the battle of Coronel 1.November 1914, where the two British armored cruisers HMS Good Hope and HMS Monmouth were sunk. The German squadron reached St. Quentin and passed Cape Horn 2.December, and it was decided to seek action around the Falkland Islands. In a ferocious battle, they engaged a large British fleet 8. December 1914. SMS Scharnhorst went down with the fleet commander Maximilian Von Spee, with all hands lost. The wreck was found in December 2019 by archeologist Mensun Bound on a depth of 1600 meters. Also see the story of the light cruiser SMS Emden.

Former names:

474,5 x 70,1 x 27,6 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
11600 disp.tons ( std )
Hamburg ( D ) 1906
Tsingtao ( D )

Picture: SMS Scharnhorst in 1908
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Last updated: April 2020