SMS König is nice, but don't expect a majestic wreck. Of the three battleships in Scapa Flow, SMS König is the most damaged. The ship lies upside down on the bottom and large parts of the hull and the bow are swept away. Much of the technology behind the design is thereby exposed and that is what makes the SMS König interesting. The ship has an illustrious war record, the SMS König took part in heavy fighting. Yet the damage happened during recovery operations between 1963 and 1965.
Type: Battleship. Class: König. Weight: 2,579 tons. Length: 146m. Width: 28m. Speed: 21 knots. Builder: Kaiserliche Werft, Wilhelmshaven. Year built: 1913. Armament: 10 x 30.5cm guns, 14 x 15cm casemate cannons, 10 x 8.8cm anti-aircraft guns, 5 x 50cm torpedo tubes. Crew: 1095 men, 41 officers. Water admission: March 1, 1913. Submerged in Scapa Flow: June 21, 1919. Deepest point: 38m. Shallowest point: 25m.
The SMS Konig is a protected war memorial. Diving is permitted but the removal of any artifacts is strictly prohibited. Visibility can be poor at times. Best visibility in May and October.
SMS KONIG Features
- Schotland, Orkney Isles, Scapa Flow
- At boat charter
- 30 min.
- Suitable for
- Experienced wreck divers , groups, underwater photography
- Boat dive facilities
- Kind of dive
- Boat dive / wreck dive
- 12 - 20 m.
- Average visibility
- 12 m.
- 38 m.
- Grey seal , saithe, crab, lobster, wrasse, moon jellyfish, comb jelly, whale shark, starfish
- Other recreation