The “Remaining” Wrecks

SMS Dresden PhotoSMS Dresden

Sister ship of the Cöln II the two completed light cruisers of the Dresden II class both served in the North Sea during the final months of WW1 and both now reside a few miles apart on the bottom of Scapa Flow. At 151 metres and 5,620 tonnes, she differs from the Cöln II online in the layout of her main battery.

The Dresden II lies on its port side, on an incline with its bow facing north in about 27 meters of water and its stern 38 metres below datum. It is slowly turning turtle and disintegrating, but many interesting features, including guns still remain. At it's relatively shallow depth it is often used as a shakedown dive and can be dived regardless of tide.