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.
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.
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.
SMS MARKGRAF Features
- Schotland, Orkney Isles, Scapa Flow
- At boat charter
- 30 min.
- Suitable for
- Experienced wreck divers , groups, underwater photography, technical diving
- Boat dive facilities
- Kind of dive
- Boat dive / wreck dive / technical diving
- 12 - 20 m.
- Average visibility
- 12 m.
- 45 m.
- Grey seal , saithe, crab, lobster, wrasse, moon jellyfish, comb jelly, whale shark, starfish
- Other recreation