Diving the SMS Dresden, Scapa Flow

SMS Dresden German Cruiser in Scapa Flow

SMS Dresden is a unique dive within Scapa Flow thanks to the ship coming to rest both on its port side and on an incline. The northward-facing bow sits at a depth of 25 metres and the ship slopes south towards the stern at 38 metres.

This is often the first dive of a Scapa week as the shallower bow section allows for more conservative shakedown dives. Multi-level dives are easier on SMS Dresden thanks to the incline it rests on. There are enough hidden gems to please veteran divers but for many it is the human touches shining through which provide the most reward.

A bath seen here links back through the generations to the sailors of a hundred years ago, bringing the vessel alive. SMS Dresden was launched in 1917 and commissioned into service with the High Seas Fleet in 1918.

Her sister ship SMS Cöln also lies in the depths of Scapa Flow.

Even though this wreck is in Scapa Flow, if you want to dive wrecks with me in the beautiful Pembrokeshire waters, feel free to join our dive club called BSAC Scavenger Dive Boat Club. Also, find us on Facebook here.

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Published by Diving & Mountaineering Instructor

I am a passionate adventurer, loving being in the mountains walking, climbing, scrambling as much as I love being under the water exploring shipwrecks, mines and caverns, or in search of treasure in the depths. I am a Mountain Instructor (MIA), a Winter Mountain Leader, a Scuba Diving Instructor (BSAC, TDI, SDI, IANTD), a skipper for CAT3 waters up to 25mtr and as I’ve built this experience over time, I have written about it and published those works. In addition I am a Chartered Manager with CILT, a member of the institute of Engineering & Technology, a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership & Management and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. I help people fulfill their goals in the Mountains (Worldwide), Scuba Diving (Worldwide), provide location support worldwide for the media and assist with technical and safety support whenever requested. For a full picture of me please check out my linkedin profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/marklewisfinstlm

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