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MARKGRAF

Fleet

HochSeeFlotte

Ship Type

Battleship

Nickname

Ship Class

Konig

Grouping

III Battle Squadron

Command

Scheer

Builder's Yard

AG Weser, Bremen

Budget Year

Construction Notes

Known as the Ersatz Weissenburg, construction number 186. Cost of 45 million marks.

Date Laid Down

Launch Date

04.06.1913

Completed date

Commission date

01.10.1914

Year laid down

1911 (Nov)

Year launched

1913

Year completed

Commission Year

1914

Pennant No

Photo Details

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Sister ships

König, Kronprinz and Grosser Kurfürst.

Eventual Fate

Scuttled at Scapa Flow on June 21 1919

Jutland result

All Action times in CET.Third ship in the line behind König and Grosser Kurfürst.At 17:46 Scheer gave the Order for fire to be opened. König, Grosse Kurfürst and Markgraf were first to get into range and engaged Princess Royal and Tiger at 21,000 yards. At 18:25 Tiger was out of range.Markgraf had been hit at 18:10 and was targeted by a torpedo fired by Moresby at 8,000 yards. The 18:10 shell hit between side armour plates and about 400 tons of water was taken on. After 19:20, after Defence had been dealt with at close range by König (Markgraf gunners claim a hit as well), fire was switched to the Princess Royal on which she scored two hits, the first going through the amour on X barbette and putting the turret out of action, the second penetrated th e6" belt armour and caused the death of 11 and the severe wounding of 31. Markgraf's secondary guns followed the general assault on Warrior which was trying to avoid the same fate as her sister ship, Defence. At 19:32 she came under heavy fire from the deploying British battle line, from Orion who fired four salvoes of APC and hit with the last putting the No.6 casemate gun out of action. Then at 18:44 Markgraf had to reduce speed to around 17-18 kts as a shell had bent her proeller shaft. At 20:00 the 2nd LCS launched an attack which was held off with 15 cm fire but Agincourt was targeting her with 12" fire hitting at 20:14. The shell failed to penetrate the 8" armour. At the 20:10 Turn Away, Markgraf turned early because of her reduced speed, forcing Grosse Kurfürst to break formation. In the early part of the night action, the line was attacked by British LC and destryoer forces at 21:10. Markgraf took on Calliope and hit her five times Markgraf had fired 254 main battery and a further 214 from her 15 cm casemate guns.

Ready for action after dock repairs

Commander

Kapitän zur See Karl Seiferling

Noteable Officers

Crew complement

Officers

41

Ratings

Killed

11

Wounded

13

Prisoners

24

Displacement full Load (tons)

25,798 long

Artefacts Data

Ship's Model

Length (ft)

575' 6"

Length (mtrs)

175.4

Beam (ft)

96' 9"

Beam (mtrs)

29.5

Draught (ft)

30' 2"

Draught (mtrs)

9.19

Max. Speed (knots)

21.2

Range (miles)

9,200 miles at 12 kts

Range (kilometres)

Fuel

Propulsion

3 Bergmann steam turbines driving three shafts with three bladed propellers. Three oil fired and twelve coal fired boilers provided steam Rated at 43,300 shp.

Armour Main Belt

13.8" (350 mm)

Deck Armour

1.2" (30 mm)

Turret Armour IN CM

11.8" (300 mm)

Conning Tower Armour

11.8" (300 mm)

Barbette Armour

Weight of armour

Armour / Displacement Ratio

Watertight compartments

General Notes

Fire Control Table

Fire Control - Clock

Primary Gun calibre

30.5 cm (12”) SK L/50 guns

No. Primary Turrets

5

Guns (No.barrels)

10

Primary gun layout

Rounds per main gun

Effective broadside guns

Primary shell Weight (inches or cm)

Primary Broadside Weight

Secondary Gun Calibre

15 cm (5.9”) SK L/45 guns

Guns (No.barrels) 2

14

Rounds per secondary

Other Armament

Ten 8.8 cm SK / 28 guns

Elevation (degrees)

Gunnery Range (yards)

Gunnery Range (metres)

Rate of Fire (rds per minute)

Shells expended Main

Mines dropped

Shells expended Secondary

Torpedoes fired

Gunnery Notes

Torpedo Type IN

19.7"

No. tubes

5

Torpedo Type MM

500 mm

No. Mines

Torpedo Notes

References & sources