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SMS MARKGRAF

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The SMS Markgraf, for many the crown jewel of Scapa Flow. It is deep, the dimensions are huge and the wreck, after a hundred years is still in remarkably good condition. In short, a wreck that you will repeatedly dive on. In October 1917 SMS Markgraf took part in Operation Albion in the Gulf of Riga. On the way back it ran into two mines that struck her starboard side. Still, she managed to reach Willemshaven for repair. On November 18th 1918 SMS Markgraf left Germany for the last time, on the way to Scapa Flow. The wreck lies upside down on the starboard side.

Particulars

Type: Battleship. Class: König. . Length: 146m. Width: 28m. Weight: 25.797 tons. Speed: 21 knots. Builder: AG Wesser, Bremen. Year built: 1913. Armament: 10 x 30.5cm board cannons. 14 x 15cm casemate cannons. 10 x 8.8cm anti-aircraft guns (6 removed after the Battle of Jutland). 5 x 50cm torpedo launching tubes. Crew: 1045 men, 41 officers. Water admission: June 4, 1913. Submerged in Scapa Flow: June 21, 1919. Deepest point: 45m.

Warnings

The SMS Markgraf 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.

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SMS MARKGRAF Divemaps 1

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

SMS MARKGRAF Features

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

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