Wittelsbach

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      SMS Wittelsbach of the 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.  SMS Wittelsbach was built at the Wilhelmshaven  Imperial Dockyard and launched 3rd July 1900 and commissioned into the German navy on the 15th October 1902. served with the fleet until during the first part of world war one tas part of the 4th squadron but proved to be slow and vulnerable and were decommissioned.  during 1916. Wittelbach was disarmed.. soon after Wittelsbach became  a depot ship for minesweeping motor launches each carrying 12. shallow draught F - type minesweepers of the Reichsmarine, being used in this role between in 1919 finally being stricken 8th march 1921 and sold for 3,561,000 German marks and scrapped at Wilhelmshaven starting on the 7th July 1921

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

SMS Wittelsbach

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code PGB031

Wittelsbach.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code  PGB005

Wittelsbach. Photo sent in by Jane Osmond

SMS Wittelsbach.  Sent in by Ian Martin.  

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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