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Latitude: 58° 53.486' N
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NE side of Cava island
How? By boat
Distance Good boat time (< 30min)
Easy to find? Easy to find
Average depth 30.0 m / 98.4 ft
Max depth 43.0 m / 141.1 ft
Current Medium ( 1-2 knots)
Visibility Good ( 10 - 30 m)
Dive site quality Great
Experience CMAS *** / Rescue
Bio interest Interesting
SMS Markgraf was a battleship of the Kaiserliche Marine, the German Imperial Navy.
She was the third of four König class battleship built, weighing 25,388 tons and having a length of 175 m, 30 m at the beam and a draft of 9 m. She was powered by three turbines developing 46,000 hp (34 MW) each yielding a maximum speed of 22 knots. Her armament consisted of ten 305 mm guns, fourteen 150 mm guns, six 85 mm guns and five 500 mm torpedo tubes. She carried a crew of 1136 men and officers.
The Markgraf was built at the AG Weser shipyard at Bremen. She was launched on 4 June 1913 and officially completed on 1 October 1914. She served in the Third Battle Squadron and took part in the Battle of Jütland on 31 May 1916. Her final fight occurred in Scapa Flow, where she was scuttled. A group of Royal Marines killed the captain, Walter Schumann and the chief officer Hermann Dittman while trying to prevent the scuttling. On 21 June 1919, SMS Markgraf vanished beneath the surface.
The dive site of the SMS Markgraf lies inside Scapa Flow, in the Orkney Islands at (58° 53&#8242;31&#8243;N, 3° 9&#8242;55&#8243;W). The starboard side of the hull lies at 24 m and the port side at 45 m.
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