Class: König Builder: Imperial Dockyard, Wihelmshaven #33
Length: 175.4m Launched: 1 Mar. 1913
Beam: 19.5m Commissioned: 9 Aug. 1914
Draft: 9.19m Speed: 21.0 kts
Displacement: 28 600 t Power: 43 300 shp

Service Record

Photograph of the König, Orkney Library archive.

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

Present Condition

Multibeam image of the König as she is today.

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

All three battleships are almost completely upside down with their superstructure impacted into the seabed, the port side more than the starboard. The shallowest point of the starboard side is reached at around 18m (below chart datum) and the post side at around 25m. The hull has broken just forward of the forward gun turret and the bow settled to the seabed. The seabed is 37m below chart datum at the bow and 35m at the stern.

Extensive salvage work has taken place along the hull particularly around the engine room and further astern.

The spotting top is on the seabed close to the hull

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. König 2001 survey (zip format 279kB).

Arrow to computer. König 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 König 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