Class: Köln Builder: Howaldstwerke, Kiel. # 601
Length: 155.5m Launched: 25 Apr. 1917
Beam: 14.2m Commissioned: 28 Mar. 1918
Draft: 6.43m Speed: 28.0 kts
Displacement: 7 486 t Power: 49 428 shp

Service Record

Photograph of the Dresden, Orkney Library archive.

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

Present Condition

Multibeam image of the Dresden as she is today.

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

Laying on her port side the seabed is 27m below chart datum at the bow and 35m at the stern. The shallowest part of the hull is at 17m.

The hull itself is relatively intact apart from salvage damage around the engine room. However the deck forward of the bow has parted from the hull along the starboard hull and peeled away exposing the inside of the vessel and with each passing year gets closer to the seabed.

The stern is largely intact with her deck guns and accommodation clearly visible.

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.

Survey geotiffs

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

Arrow to computer. Dresden 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.

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.

Because the site of the Dresden 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