Great British Shipwrecks: A Personal Adventure by Rod Macdonald

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Morale amongst the crews was poor – the German sailors were aware that the war was lost and saw little point in throwing away their lives in what was seen as a futile gesture. That night sailors on the Thüringen and several battleships mutinied and as the mutiny spread the Kaiser was forced to abandon the plan. In November 1918, with the Armistice in force, Cöln sailed with the rest of the High Seas Fleet for internment at Scapa Flow. On the way there she suffered mechanical problems and fell out of line.

He eventually emerged from below deck waving a white flag. He refused to obey orders from the Royal Marines to have his own men go below and shut off the flood valves, and refused to allow the Marines to go below to do so. A scuffle broke out in which Schumann was shot through the head. m. LtCdr Schumann’s grave can be seen at the Royal Naval Cemetery at Lyness on the island of Hoy, along with the graves of the other German sailors who died that day and many British seamen from both wars. 928W.

8-inch layer of protective armour plating. 9-inch guns in single pedestal mounts with splinter shields. Of these, two were set side-by-side on the foredeck towards the bow: two were set one either side of the bridge facing forward, two faced astern on either side and just forward of the mainmast, and two were set astern in a superfiring position on the centre-line of the vessel. 7-inch deck-mounted torpedo tubes. She could carry 200 mines. She had an operational crew complement of 475 officers and men, and had a range of 4,850 nautical miles.

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