Liner SMS Wettin

The liner SMS Wettin 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 SMS Wettin took place on 6 June 1901, the commissioning on 1 October 1902.


Liner SMS Wettin

Liner SMS Wettin




History of SMS Wettin:

After commissioning and completion of the test drives the ship was assigned in January 1903 the 1st Squadron and participated in the coming years in the annual maneuvers.

From 1 December 1911, the SMS Wettin was used as artillery training ship in the ship artillery inspection, previously it was converted according to the new requirements.




Use in the war:

With the outbreak of the First World War, the SMS Wettin was assigned to the newly formed IV Squadron and exercised in the North Sea and the Baltic until July 5, 1915 security services. Subsequently, the squadron from the German high-sea fleet was loosened and relocated to the Baltic Sea.

From August 8, 1915, the attack took place in the Gulf of Riga. The SMS Wettin was used as well as her sister ships. Among other things, was banned by the Wettin in the Pernauer harbor. Following the ship was relocated to Libau for security.

Since the ships of the Wittelsbach class were already obsolete at the beginning of the war and were now completely inferior to the new Russian battleships of the Gangut class in the Baltic Sea, the German naval leadership decided to withdraw the ships from the Baltic Sea and allocate the readiness division. Together with the SMS Schwaben, the SMS Wittelsbach and the large cruiser SMS Prinz Heinrich left the SMS Wettin on 10 November 1915 Libau direction Kiel. There, most of the crew was withdrawn and distributed to the more modern warships.

When the division was dissolved on January 31, 1916, the I. Navy Inspection took over the ship and used it as a training and training ship. From May 1916, began with the expansion of heavy weapons, on July 17, 1916 then took the off duty.

Until the end of the war, the SMS Wettin was used as a residential and office ship in Kiel as well as in Cuxhaven.





After the surrender of the German Empire, the ship remained in Germany and had to be interned neither interned.

On October 1, 1919 it was put into service for the last time and served until 11 February 1920 as a mothership for minesweeper.

On 11 March 1920, the ship was finally decommissioned, sold and scrapped in 1922 in Rönnebeck near Bremen.




Ship data:


SMS Wettin


German Empire

Ship Type:  





Ferdinand Schichau, Gdansk


22.597.000 Mark


June 6th, 1901


October 1st, 1902


Scrapped in 1922 near Bremen


126,8 meters


20,8 meters


Max. 8,04 meters


Max. 12.798 Tons


683 Men


6 Thornycroft water tube boiler
6 transverse cylinder boilers
3 standing 3-cylinder compound machines



15.530 PS (11.422 kW)

Maximum speed:  

18,1 kn (34 km/h)




4 × Rapid Fire Gun 24,0 cm L / 40 (340 shots)

18 × Rapid Fire Gun 15,0 cm L / 40 (2.520 shots)

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

12 × Revolver cannon 3,7 cm

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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