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SMS KONIG

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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.

Particulars

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.

Warnings

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.

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SMS KONIG Divemaps 1

Wrakkaart Members only
  • Divers Guide Map
  • Detailed map
  • Wreck map
  • Local map

SMS KONIG Features

Address
Schotland, Orkney Isles, Scapa Flow
Parking
At boat charter
Distance
30 min.
Suitable for
Experienced wreck divers , groups, underwater photography
Permit
N.v.t.
Access
Na
Facilities
Boat dive facilities
Water
Salt
Kind of dive
Boat dive / wreck dive
Current
Medium
Visibility
12 - 20 m.
Average visibility
12 m.
Depth
38 m.
Bottom
zand
Life
Grey seal , saithe, crab, lobster, wrasse, moon jellyfish, comb jelly, whale shark, starfish
Other recreation
None

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