SMS König


This class of four dreadnoughts again brought some improvements. The most obvious was that wing turret system was dropped completely and the fifth turret was now in the midship line, where it was less vulnerable and had a better firing arc. The second one to some extent made the first possible, as the new boiler layout with three of twelve boilers permanently oil fired, took away less space while generating more power. Plans to install a diesel engine for long range cruises had to be abandoned, as the proper engines were not ready in time and another set of turbines had to be installed instead. All ships, named after Prussian ruler titles and the crown prince, entered fleet service in 1914.

Ship data

Relative combat value: 23171

Basic damage control capacity: 127%


Displacement: 25390 tons

Length: 175 m

Width: 30 m

Draught: 8 m

Standard crew: 1315


Maximum speed (undamaged): 23 knots

Endurance: 12600 km

Coal capacity: 4320 tons

Armour protection

Conning tower armour: 14

Hull armour: 8

Main belt armour: 16.4 (includes backing slope of deck armour)

Deck armour: 1.2 (sloped at edges to provide additional belt level protection)

Best armour type: Krupp


10 x 30,5cm SK L/50 13.5, centrally controlled. Ammo: 900 rounds

14 x 15cm SK L/45 19deg, centrally controlled. Ammo: 2240 rounds

6 x 8,8cm SK L/45, centrally controlled. Ammo: 2400 rounds

4 x 8,8cm Flak L/45, centrally controlled. Ammo: 1500 rounds

5 x 50cm G7 Torpedoes, locally controlled. Ammo: 15 torpedoes

Ships in class

  • König
  • Großer Kurfürst
  • Markgraf
  • Kronprinz