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The SMS Cöln was a light cruiser of the Imperial German Navy in World War One. The ship was named after the City of Cologne (in German "Köln", but in the German Empire it was written "Cöln") and was a ship of the Kolberg-class. The commissioning was on the 16th June 1911 and had a length of 130m, a width of 14m and a draft of 5m. With her 15×navy boilers, she had a maximum speed of 25.5 knots (47.2 km/h; 29.3 mph) and had a displacement of 4,915 tons. SMS Cöln had an armament of 12×105mm guns, of 4×52mm guns and of 2×450mm torpedo tubes.
After her commissioning, the ship was under the command of Captain "Hans Zenker" and joined the High Seas Fleet of the Imperial German Navy. Then, she began her service with sea trials in the North Sea, but they were interrupted by a fleet parade for Kaiser Wilhelm II on 5th September 1911. At the end of the Fleet parade, SMS Cöln was transferred to the II Scouting Group, which supported the Battlecruisers of the I Scouting Group. Anyway, the ship had until the outbreak of WW1 a normal peacetime service and had during this period of time two new commanders, first Rear Admiral "Franz Ritter von Hipper" and then Commodore "Leberecht Maass". Following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, she was stationed in the German Bight, to monitor maritime traffic. After the outbreak of WW1, SMS Cöln and several other cruisers were tasked with patrol duties in the Heligoland Bight, which ran without incident. But then came the day, the day of her end. It was the morning of 28th August 1914, when the ship left the port of Wilhelmshaven, together with "SMS Mainz" and "SMS Ariadne", and set course for Helgoland. The three warships had the order to support the cruisers "SMS Stettin" and "SMS Frauenlob", and the aviso "SMS Hela", which were stationed on the patrol line that morning. However, the German warships encountered the British Harwich Force, which was supported by Vice Admiral David Beatty's battlecruisers. In the ensuing Battle of Heligoland Bight, SMS Cöln was sunk at 14:25 by the British forces. Only 200 of 508 crew members survived the sinking. 👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇