SMS Kronprinz Wilhelm is often the first of the three battleships in Scapa Flow people dive on. The wreck is shallow and has a lot to offer. Much of the flak, the board cannons and torpedo’s remained intact. A dive to the two guns at the stern is undeniably the most popular. Here it is clear what the essence and the massive firepower of the ship was. Still, most divers remember the immense size of the SMS Kronprinz.
Type: Battleship. Class: König. Weight: 25.797 tons. Length: 146m. Width: 28m. Speed: 21 knots. Builder: Germania Werft, Kiel. Year built: 1914. Armament: 10 x 30.5cm guns. 14 x 15cm casemate cannons. 10 x 8.8cm anti-aircraft guns (6 removed after the Battle of Jutland). 5 x 50cm torpedo tubes. Crew: 1045 men, 41 officers. Water admission: January 31, 1916. Submerged in Scapa Flow: June 21, 1919. Deepest point: 35m. Shallowest point. 12m.
The SMS Kronprinz Wilhelm is a protected war memorial. Diving is permitted but the removal of or taking any artifacts is strictly prohibited. Visibility can be poor at times. Best visibility in May and October.
SMS KRONPRINZ WILHELM Features
- Schotland, Orkney Isles, Scapa Flow
- At boat charter
- 30 min.
- Suitable for
- Groups, underwater photography, wreck divers
- Boat dive facilities
- Kind of dive
- Boat dive, wreck dive
- 12 - 20 m.
- Average visibility
- 16 m.
- 35 m.
- Grey seal , saithe, crab, lobster, wrasse, moon jellyfish, comb jelly, whale shark, starfish
- Other recreation