Wittelsbach

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      The Wittelsbach Class of German battleships of the Imperial German navy were improved Kaiser class Battleships, designed in 1897 to 1898. they were the first ships to be ordered by Tirpitsz's new navy law of 1898.  and were good sea going battleships. At the outbreak of world war one they were part of the 4th squadron but proved to be slow and vulnerable and were decommissioned. There new task were in training. during 1916. and alls hips were disarmed.. soon after the Mecklenburg became a floating prison, Schwaben and Wittelsbach became depot ships for minesweeping motor launches each carrying 12. shallow draught F - type minesweepers. being used in this role between in 1919 finally being scrapped with their sister ships in 1921-1922. all except Zahringen which was converted into a radio controlled gunnery target ship, (1926 - 1927) used during World war two, but sunk by royal Air Force bombing at Gotenhafen on the 18th December 1944. and finally scrapped 1949 -1950

Displacement: 12,596 tons, Sped: 17.5 knots.   Armament: Four 240mm Guns in pairs, Eighteen 150mm,  twelve 88mm  and twelve MG's  Six 450mm Torpedo Tubes.  Complement: 683

SMS Wittelsbach 3rd July 1900 Stricken 8th March 1921, BU
SMS Wettin 6th June 1901 Stricken 11th March 1920, BU

SMS Z?ringen

12th June 1901 Sunk by RAF Bombing 18th December 1944
SMS Schwaben 19th August 1901 Stricken 8th March 1921, BU
SMS Mecklenburg 9th November 1901 Stricken 25th January 1920, BU
 

A Wittelsbach Class Ship.  If you can identify this ship please email us.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code PGB040

Two Wittelsbach Class ships at Wilhelmshaven.  Possibly Zahringen and Wittelsbach.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code PGB041