Thursday, 13 July 2017

Survivors of German cruiser SMS Frauenlob arrived in the Netherlands according to the Dutch newspaper Het nieuws van den dag voor Nederlandsch-Indië dated 5 June 1916

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An item reported that at Hoek van Holland, Netherlands 9 sailors arrived, all survivors of the small protected cruiser Frauenlob (1), which ship was destroyed by two hits from British warships even before the battle begun.(2) Also the steamship Kambangan and Texel rescued some survivors which were taken over by the Dutch tug Thames. On board of the Thames were 7 men rescued off the Danish coast and one dead sailor.

1. Part of the Gazelle-class light cruisers, preceded by the SMS Hela and succeeded by the Bremen-class, laid down by AG Weser, Bremen, Germany with yard number 132 in 1901, launched on 22 March 1902, commissioned on 17 February 1903 and sunk on 31 May 1916.
2. Battle of Jutland or Skagerrak between the British and German navies 31 May-1 June 1916. British losses 6.094 men killed, 674 men wounded, 3 battle cruisers, 3 armoured cruisers, 8 destroyers total tonnage lost 113.300 tons and German losses 2.551 men killed, 507 wounded, 1 battle cruiser, 1 pre-dreadnought, 4 light cruisers, total tonnage 62.300 tons.