Friday, 20 April 2018

German battleship SMS Baden rammed German battleship SMS Wittelsbach according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1902-1903 no. 8



An item referred to the Mittheilungen aus dem Gebiete des Seewesens reporting that when the German battleship Baden left the yard at Wilhelmshaven, Germany, due to the heavy wind she rammed the Wittelsbach causing a hole of 1,5cm in the hull of the latter ship. In the accident was also a watertight bulkhead damaged and after immediately efforts to stop the leaking was the Wittelsbach dry docked.

1. Of the Bayern-class battleships, designed between 1910-1912, consisted of the Bayern, Baden, Sachsen and Württemberg, preceded by the König-class and was to be succeeded by the never realized L20a-class. Built under the Naval Law of 1912. Laid down as the Ersatz Wörth at Schichau-Werke, Danzig with yard number 913 in December 1913, launched on 30 October 1915, commissioned on 14 March 1917, beached in Gutter Sound, Scapa Flow, Orkney Islands on 21 June 1919 and sunk as a target on 16 August 1921. Building costs 49 million Goldmarks.
2. Building ordered under the contract name ‘C’, laid down at the Kaiserliche Werft Wilhelmshaven, Germany with yard number 25 in September 1899, launched on 3 July 1900, commissioned on 15 October 1902, completed in the second half of 1902, since 1916 used for auxiliary purposes, minesweepers tender since 1919, stricken in July 1921 and sold to be broken up. Of the Wittelsbach-class battleships built under the Naval Law of 1898, consisting of the Wittelsbach, Wettin, Zähringen, Schwaben and Mecklenburg precedent by the Kaiser Friederich III-class and succeeded by the Braunschweig-class.