Class: Brummer Builder: A.G. Vulcan, Stettin #422
Length: 140.4m Launched: 11 Dec. 1915
Beam: 13.2m Commissioned: 2 Apr. 1916
Draft: 6.00m Speed: 28.0 kts
Displacement: 5 856 t Power: 42 797 shp

Service Record

Photograph of the Brummer, Orkney Library archive.

Magnifying glass. A Photograph of the Brummer from the Orkney Library archive.

Present Condition

Multibeam image of the Brummer as she is today.

Magnifying glass. A multibeam image of the SMS Brummer as she is today.

Laying on her starboard side the seabed is 32m below chart datum at the bow and 34m at the stern. The shallowest part of the hull is at 21m. Unfortunately the bow is deteriorating rapidly. The hull plates on the port side have fallen to the seabed and with the loose of structural integrity the plates on the starboard hull have begun to separate. Moving back towards the bridge where the forward gun is located a large area of hull has corroded and collapsed exposing the inside of the vessel. This resulted in the forward deck gun falling to the seabed and being partly covered by debris.

The forward control centre sits at the front of the bridge and the bridge itself has most of the hand rails still in place.

Considerable damage was done to the hull around the engine room during salvage works. And only a small section of stern remains recognisable

3D interactive models

The interactive models below are based on acoustic surveys carried out by the ScapaMAP project. The Z (vertical) axis is emphasised in these models.

To use these models you will need to download iView3D (a free 3D viewer, you need to register to get this download) and the .sd file of interest from the links above.

Survey geotiffs

Arrow to computer. Brummer 2001 survey (zip format 279kB).

Arrow to computer. Brummer 2006 survey (zip format 356kB).

The 2001 and 2006 surveys are available above as .zip's containing the geotiff and .tfw world information files. The geotiff is in EPSG Projection 32630 - WGS 84 / UTM zone 30N.

Because the site of the Brummer is of national importance it has been protected as a scheduled monument. Visitors are welcome to enjoy and respect this wreck but removal of artefacts from it is illegal. You can find out more about what scheduling means through the link below:
Protecting Scotland's nationally important monuments