SMS Rostock (1912)

Rostock, date unknown. Photo featured in the Illustrated London News, 10 June 1916. Original in the collection of the US Navy History & Heritage Command.

Nation
Ship Class
Ship Type
Laid Down
1911
Launched
1912
Commissioned
1914
AD/BC
AD
History

SMS Rostock was a Karlsruhe-class light cruiser, laid down in 1911. Commissioned 4 February, 1914, Rostock could make 28.5 knots, and mounted twelve 10.5 cm SK L/45 guns as her main battery. Rostock was used as a destroyer flotilla leader, and was part of the battlecruiser screens for the raids on the British coast, and the Battle of Dogger Bank. She was screening the main battle line at Jutland, when she was disabled during one of the night skirmishes by a torpedo hit. Taken under tow, Rostock was scuttled in the early hours of 1 June, when she was discovered by the cruiser HMS Dublin.