Class: König Builder: Germania Dockyard, Kiel #182
Length: 175.4m Launched: 21 Feb. 1914
Beam: 19.5m Commissioned: 8 Nov. 1914
Draft: 9.19m Speed: 21.0 kts
Displacement: 28 600 t Power: 43 300 shp

Service Record

Photograph of the Kronprinz Wilhelm, Orkney Library archive.

Magnifying glass. A Photograph of the Kronprinz Wilhelm from the Orkney Library archive.

Present Condition

Multibeam image of the Kronprinz Wilhelm as she is today.

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

All three battleships are almost completely upside down with their superstructure impacted into the seabed, the starboard side more than the port. The shallowest point of the port side is reached at around 14m (below chart datum) and the starboard side at around 23m. There is still a gap between the starboard side and the seabed, although most of this has debris, However, the guns can be seen in places. The hull has broken just forward of the forward gun turret and the bow settled to the seabed. The seabed is 32m below chart datum at the bow and 36m at the stern.

Salvage work has taken place around the engine room but further astern is mainly intact.

The spotting top is on the seabed close to the hull and her rudders are in place.

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. Kronprinz Wilhelm 2001 survey (zip format 279kB).

Arrow to computer. Kronprinz Wilhelm 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 Kronprinz Wilhelm 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