german Imperial German Navy - Kaiserliche Marine (1903-1919) SMS Dresden (+1915)
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nationality german
purpose war
type cruiser (light)
subtype/class Dresden class light cruiser (ger.)
propulsion steam
date built 1908
is nickname no
weight (tons) 3592  grt
dimensions 120.4 x 13.2 x 5.4 m
material steel
engine turbine engines and Schulz-Thornycroft boilers, dual shaft, 2 screws
armament 10 x 4.1" guns, 8 x 5 pdr., 4 m.g., 2 x T.T.
power 13500  i.h.p.
speed 24.5  knots
yard no. 195
about the loss
cause lost explosion
other reasons gunfire - shelled
date lost 14/03/1915  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.7rank: 657
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Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
Imperial German Navy - Kaiserliche Marine (1903-1919)
captain Capt. Ludecke
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depth (m.) 70 max. / -- min. (m)
protected no
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 Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam
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Lettens Jan14/03/2012BATTLE OF THE FALKLANDS

During the battle of the Falklands, the German Imperial Navy lost 4 of her cruisers SMS Gneisenau, SMS Scharnhorst, SMS Leipzig and SMS Nurnberg in a battle against the superior Royal Navy battleships HMS Inflexible and HMS Invincible.

The Germans, unaware of the presence of the British battleships started attacking the Falklands in order to get control of the Island.

This gave the British fleet time enough to stop coaling and to prepare the attack. The British then suddenly apperared and overwhelmend the cruisers. All 4 of them were sunk. Only SMS Dresden escaped.

Two other ships, the fleet´s colliers Santa Isabel and Baden were also sunk in the battle.
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Lettens Jan14/03/2012The light cruiser Dresden was, in July of 1914, employed in safeguarding her country´s interests off Mexico. In Port au Prince she met the Karlshruhe, and the two ships exchanged captains.

Capt. Ludecke, was making for South America and the British forces began the long chase down the Atlantic coast of South America, but failed to catch the light cruiser.

The Dresden took part in the battle of Coronel on November 1st and was also present at the battle of the Falklands on December 8th from which she was the only German vessel to escape.

On March 14th, the Dresden was discovered in Cumberland Bay, Juan Fernandez, by the light cruiser Glasgow and the armoured cruiser Kent.

The fight that ensued was very brief, the Dresden being hit several times by the salvoes from the Kent´s 6 in. guns. She then hoisted a white flag.

While preliminaries to disable the Dresden´s machinery were being settled, she blew up. Seven of her crew had been killed and 29 wounded.
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 Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam
Lettens Jan14/03/2010In 1914, on her voyage down the coast of South America, SMS Dresden captured and sank the Hyades,3,352 tons on August 15th, the Holmwood, 4,223 tons, on the 26th.

Later, after joining up with Von Spec, she sank the North Wales, 3,691 tons on November 16th.

On February 27th, 1915, she sank the British barque Conway Castle, 1,694 tons.
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 Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam

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About Owners
Imperial German Navy - Kaiserliche Marine (1903-1919)

Kaiserliche Marine or the German Imperial Navy is the name for the German Navy between 1903 and 1919. Most of the ships had a prefix SMS, Seine Majestäts Schiff, which is the equivalent of HMS, Her/His Majesty's Ship.

This Navy should not be confused with Reichsmarine (1920-1935) or Kriegsmarine (1935-1945).
About Builders
 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
The name Blohm & Voss has stood for quality in ship construction and marine and mechanical engineering for 125 years. Blohm & Voss was founded in 1877 by Hermann Blohm and Ernst Voss as a general partnership. A shipyard was built on the island of Kuhwerder having three building berths along a 250m water front. - - -

Although the company was almost completely demolished at the end of World War II, it still builds warships both for the Deutsche Marine and for export. Today Blohm + Voss is an innovative German shipyard specializing in the construction of naval vessels and technically sophisticated megayachts from building facilities in Hamburg including repairs, refits, and modification of such vessels as well as merchant ships.

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