Liner SMS Mecklenburg

The liner SMS Mecklenburg belonged to the Wittelsbach class, which were built shortly after the turn of the century for the imperial navy to equip the German high seas fleet with powerful warships can.


Launching and design:

The ships of the Wittelsbach class are based on the predecessor ships of the Kaiser Friedrich III class, whereby there are no significant differences among the classes.

The launch of the SMS Mecklenburg took place on 9 November 1901, the commissioning on 25 June 1903.


Liner SMS Mecklenburg

Liner SMS Mecklenburg




History of SMS Mecklenburg:

After commissioning the usual test drives took place, which lasted until December 1903 in. In January and beginning of February 1904, even minor repairs and modifications were made until the ship was assigned to the 1st Squadron and participated in individual and group exercises. From mid-December 1904 to early March 1905, further repairs were made in the shipyard in Wilhelmshaven.

On the subsequent crossing to Kiel, the ship stuck in the Great Beltes on a reef. Through the SMS Wittelsbach, the SMS Wettin and the small cruiser Ariadne, the ship could be towed free and go to Kiel on its own. The necessary repairs were completed on April 20, 1905.

Until July 31, 1911, the ship made its annual maneuvers until it was replaced by the large-scale ship Ostfriesland. Until 9 May 1912, the SMS Mecklenburg was assigned to the Reserve Division of the North Sea, then the Baltic Sea.




Use in the war:

With the outbreak of the First World War, the Mecklenburg was reactivated and assigned with their sister ships the newly formed IV Squadron.

Until July 1915, the ship took over predominantly securing tasks in the Baltic Sea, until it participated until 23 September 1915 in attacks in support of the army on the coast.

Until December 1915 Mecklenburg remained in Libau. At that time, however, the navy management became aware that the ships of the Wittelsbach class were already completely outdated and had no suitable armor against mines and torpedoes. Already in the months before the sister ships were taken out of service. At the end of 1915, Mecklenburg received the order to return to Kiel. On January 7, 1916, the ship arrived and on January 24, 1916, the out of service.





After the development of the guns, the ship was initially used as a prisoner housing ship until it was relocated to Kiel in early 1918 to serve there as a barge for the crews of the submarines which are there for repair.

Since the Mecklenburg after the surrender did not have to be delivered to the victorious powers, the ship was deleted on January 25, 1920 from the list of warships. On 16 August 1921, the sale then took place to a scrapping company, which had the ship scrapped in Kiel until the end of the year.




Ship data:


SMS Mecklenburg


German Empire

Ship Type:  





AG Vulcan, Szczecin


22.329.000 Mark


November 9th, 1901


June 25th, 1903


Scrapped in late 1921


126,8 meters


20,8 meters


Max. 8,04 meters


Max. 12.798 Tons


683 Men


6 Thornycroft Boiler
6 transverse cylinder boilers
3 standing 3-cylinder compound machines


15.171 PS (11.158 kW)

Maximum speed:  

18,1 kn (34 km/h)


4 × 24 cm L / 40 Rapid Fire Gun (340 shots)

18 × 15 cm L / 40 Rapid Fire Gun (2.520 rounds)

12 × 8,8 cm L / 30 Rapid Fire Gun (1.800 rounds)

12 × 3,7 cm revolver cannon

6 × torpedo tube ⌀ 45 cm (4 sides, 1 bow, 1 stern, under water, 12 - 16 rounds)



Waterline: 100-225 mm on 100 mm teak
Deck: 50 mm
Slopes: 75-120 mm
Heavy Artillery:
Tower fronts: 250 mm
Tower ceilings: 50 mm
Medium artillery:
Shields: 150 mm
Casemates: 140 mm
Citadel: 140 mm
Front control station: 250 mm
Aft control station: 140 mm






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