Zahringen

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      SMS Zahringen 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.   and were good sea going battleships. SMS Zahringen was built at the Germania Dockyard  and Keil and launched 12th June 1901 and commissioned into the German navy on the 25h October 1902. served with the fleet until during the first part of world war one as part of the 4th squadron but proved to be slow and vulnerable and were decommissioned.  during 1916. SMS Zahringen was disarmed.. soon after Zahringen  became a exercise ship at Keil and in 1917 she became a stoker training ship and a target ship.  finally being stricken 11th march 1920 and becoming a hulk at Wilhelmshaven.  reconstructed, becoming a remote control target ship for the Reichsmarine and later the Kriegsmarine between 1926 -1927. During worlds war Two she was bombed at Gotenhafen o the 18th December 1944 and sunk. she was scuttled on the 26th march 1945 at the harbour entrance. Finally broken up in where she lay 1949.  

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

SMS Zahringen

Zahringen.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code PGB035

SMS Zahringen

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code PGB036

SMS Zahringen.  Sent in by David Lockhart.

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