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SMS/USS FRANKFURT

CLASS - WIESBADEN
Displacement 6,601 Tons, Dimensions, 476 8"' (oa) x 45' 7" x 18' 11" (Max)
Armament 8 x 15cm SK L/45, 5 x 5.2cm L/44, 4 x 50cm tt, 120 mines.
Armor, 60mm Belt.
Machinery, 31,000 SHP; 2 Steam Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 27.5 Knots, Crew 474.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid at Kaiserliche Werft Kiel 1913
Launched 20 MAR 1915
Commissioned 20 AUG 1915
Collision with UB-89 21 OCT 1918
Interned at Scapa Flow 10 JUN 1919
Beached when scuttling attempted 21 JUN 1919
Raised July 1919
Ceded as War Prize 11 MAR 1920
Commissioned - USN 4 JUN 1920
Fate: Sunk as target 18 JUL 1921


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Postcard of SMS Frankfurt while underway, circa 1933-1934. Tommy Trampp
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102k Postcard of SMS Frankfurt while underway, date unknown. Tommy Trampp
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Photograph taken from the Tender of HMS Canning, one of the guard ships at Scapa Flow, sometime after 6th December 1918 when SMS Dresden arrived but before 9th January when SMS Baden was the last to arrive.

From the collection of Norman Wilfred Knight.

Norman Richard Knight
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81k The scuttled battleship SMS Baden (left) and the grounded light cruiser SMS Frankfurt (right) at Scapa Flow, circa June or July 1919. Tommy Tramp
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Scuttling of the German Fleet at Scapa Flow: Salvage work in progress on the German battleship Baden at Scapa Flow. The cruiser Frankfurt is also in view (left).

Imperial War Museum photo #SP 1618

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Frankfurt at anchor prior to being used as a target.

Naval History and Heritage Command photo #NH 2063

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German Warships off the Virginia Capes in mid-July 1921 for U.S. aerial bombing experiments. L-R: German cruiser Frankfurt, sunk on 18 July 1921, a German destroyer, possibly S-132, a U.S. Navy Lapwing-class minesweeper, the battleship Ostfriesland, and an unidentified vessel, possibly the German destroyer V-43, sunk 15 July 1921.

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Aerial view of target ship Frankfurt during bombing tests conducted by Army and Navy aircraft off the Virginia Capes during July 1921. She was bombed with 250, 300, 320, and 600-pound bombs and sunk on 18 July 1921. Note the targets painted on her forecastle and fantail.

National Museum of Naval Aviation, photo #NNAM.2008.104.001.238

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This image shows an exploding bomb port mid-ship, about 10:01 a.m., dropped by U.S. Navy F5L.

Part of the William Mitchell papers, transferred in 1953. (8/21/2015).

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This image shows an exploding bomb by the starboard bow, about 10:17 a.m., dropped by U.S. Army aircraft.

Part of the William Mitchell papers, transferred in 1953. (8/21/2015).

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This image shows an exploding bomb by the starboard bow, about 10:28 a.m., dropped by U.S. Army aircraft.

Part of the William Mitchell papers, transferred in 1953. (8/21/2015).

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This image shows an exploding bomb on aft of ship, about 11:56 a.m., dropped by U.S. Army aircraft.

Part of the William Mitchell papers, transferred in 1953. (8/21/2015).

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This image shows an exploding bomb at port, about 10:40 a.m., dropped by U.S. Army aircraft.

Part of the William Mitchell papers, transferred in 1953. (8/21/2015).

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This image shows U.S. Army bomb explosions on the port bow, 16:23.

Part of the William Mitchell papers, transferred in 1953. (8/21/2015).

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586k Observers examining bomb damage from the first hit. Wikipedia
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43k On fire from multiple bomb hits. Wikipedia
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26k Sinking by the bow. Wikipedia

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
von Trotha, Thilo, Kapitän zur See   08/20/1915 - 11/1916
Rebensburg, Fritz, Kapitän zur See   11/1916 - 09/1917
Seidensticker, Otto, Kapitän zur See   09/1917 - 08/1918
Lassen, Alfred, Fregattenkapitän   08/1918 - 11/1918
Beesel, Hans, Kapitänleutnant   11/1918 - 06/21/1919

SMS/USS FRANKFURT History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information
Not Applicable To This Ship

Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway Cruiser Pages By Andrew Toppan.
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