70241 - SMS Battleship König, 1914, 1/700
SMS König was the first of four König class dreadnought battleships of the German Kaiserliche Marine (Imperial Navy) during World War I. She was named in honor of one of the titles of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany; in addition to being the Emperor of Germany he was also the King (König in German) of Prussia, as well as the Markgraf of Brandenburg. Laid down in October 1911, the ship was launched on 1 March 1913. Construction on König finished shortly after the outbreak of World War I; she was commissioned into the High Seas Fleet on 9 August 1914.
König, along with her three sisters Großer Kurfürst, Markgraf, and Kronprinz, took part in most of the fleet actions during the war. On 31 May 1916, König was the leading ship in the German line during the Battle of Jutland. In October 1917, she sank the Russian pre-dreadnought battleship Slava during Operation Albion. König was interned, along with the majority of the High Seas Fleet, in Scapa Flow in November 1918 following the Armistice. On 21 June 1919, Rear Admiral Ludwig von Reuter gave the order to scuttle the fleet while the British guard ships were out of the harbor on exercises. König slipped beneath the waters of Scapa Flow at 14:00. Unlike most of the other scuttled ships, König was never raised for scrapping; the wreck remains on the bottom of the bay.
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