[13] The planned sortie with Bismarck was delayed while repairs were carried out. No, I am not sending any checks to Nigeria for this. The hull has sprung several smaller oil leaks over the years. At 06:00, Hood was completing her second turn to port when Bismarck's fifth salvo hit. On the second attack, they succeeded in sinking Lützow with a single Tallboy bomb hit. The Navy determined in 1974 that neither Prinz Eugen nor the oil inside the wreck is still radioactive. 127 comments. She was armed with a main battery of eight 20.3 cm (8.0 in) guns and, although nominally under the 10,000-long-ton (10,000 t) limit set by the Anglo-German Naval Agreement, actually displaced over 16,000 long tons (16,000 t). Also present at the launch were Adolf Hitler, the Regent of Hungary, Admiral Miklós Horthy (who had commanded the battleship SMS Prinz Eugen from 24 November 1917 to 1 March 1918), and his wife Magdolna Purgly, who performed the christening. [12] Admirals Erich Raeder and Günther Lütjens discussed the possibility of delaying the operation further, in the hopes that repairs to the battleship Scharnhorst would be completed or Bismarck's sistership Tirpitz would complete trials in time for the ships to join Prinz Eugen and Bismarck. But scratch that away and the dose skyrockets. "[39] At 08:01, he transmitted a damage report and his intentions to OKM, which were to detach Prinz Eugen for commerce raiding and to make for St. Nazaire for repairs. [72] Her very large GHG passive sonar array was removed and installed on the submarine USS Flying Fish for testing. [64][68] Prinz Eugen's bombardment was instrumental in the successful repulse of the Soviet attack. The stern similarly rose upward as water rushed into the ripped-open compartments. Hello to anyone who is reading this and is interested in our project! General der Jagdflieger (General of Fighter Force) Adolf Galland directed Luftwaffe fighter and bomber forces (Operation Donnerkeil) during Cerberus. Today, at the bottom of the ocean, the radiation levels of the Prinz Eugen are low enough for safe exploration. Sort of indicates the sloppy QA verification of the time. At her launch on 22 August 1938, Prinz Eugen still featured a straight bow with triple anchors and open funnels. [1] The Admiral Hippers were nominally within the 10,000-ton limit, though they significantly exceeded the figure. One of her screw propellers was salvaged and is on display at the Laboe Naval Memorial in Germany. Bismarck turned around to face Wake-Walker's formation, forcing Suffolk to turn away at high speed. [54], At 23:00 on 11 February, Scharnhorst, Gneisenau, and Prinz Eugen left Brest. Operation Crossroads was a major test of the effects of nuclear weapons on warships of various types. It's been 30 years now. "[16] The Oberkommando der Marine (OKM—Naval High Command) was not concerned about the security risk posed by Gotland, though Lütjens believed operational security had been lost. At 19:22, hydrophone and radar operators aboard the German warships detected the cruiser HMS Suffolk at a range of approximately 12,500 m (41,000 ft). Meanwhile Prinz Eugen being surrendered to the Americans and capsizing during nuclear tests and still Super Rare. [21], While in Bergen, Prinz Eugen took on 764 t (752 long tons; 842 short tons) of fuel; Bismarck inexplicably failed to similarly refuel. Prinz Eugen was powered by three sets of geared steam turbines, which were supplied with steam by twelve ultra-high pressure oil-fired boilers. This is our plan if you are interested: We have read up fully on maritime law, and how the USA still has rights over the wreck of the ship due to her being not decommissioned and still on US soil, we are going to go to the US embassy to speak to them about this and we’ll get the rights for salvage. She was the third sister to Admiral Hipper, and was named after Prince Eugene of Savoy. [78] Her main battery gun turrets fell out of their barbettes when the ship rolled over. [64] Hans-Erich Voss, who later became Hitler's Naval Liaison Officer, was given command of the ship when she returned to service. [12] The two ships were escorted by three destroyers—Hans Lody, Z16 Friedrich Eckoldt, and Z23—and a flotilla of minesweepers. [4] Her keel was laid down on 23 April 1936,[6] under construction number 564 and the contract name Kreuzer J. Prinz Eugen was at this time under the command of KzS Hans-Jürgen Reinicke; throughout June she steamed in the eastern Baltic, northwest of the island of Utö as a show of force during the German withdrawal from Finland. A pair of Supermarine Spitfires were ordered to search the Norwegian coast for the German flotilla. [51], The continuous air attacks led the German command to decide Prinz Eugen, Scharnhorst and Gneisenau would have to move to safer bases as soon as they were repaired and ready. Page of the Azur Lane version of Prinz Eugen. The cost for restoration would be enormous. Five months later, the ship was still too radioactive to permit repairs to a leak, and she sank in Kwajalein Lagoon. The ship also carried a pair of triple 53.3 cm (21.0 in) torpedo launchers abreast of the rear superstructure. In early February, minesweepers swept a route through the Channel, though the British failed to detect the activity. [4] She was originally to be named after Wilhelm von Tegetthoff, the Austrian victor of the Battle of Lissa, though considerations over the possible insult to Italy, defeated by Tegetthoff at Lissa, led the Kriegsmarine to adopt Prinz Eugen as the ship's namesake. Yep, very sketchy. You can visit for a time...  but no children or women of pregnancy age. Basic characteristics. [82] The ship survived two atomic bomb blasts: Test Able, an air burst on 1 July 1946 and Test Baker, a submerged detonation on 25 July. Hipper boasts a faster main battery reload and improved maneuverability, while Prinz Eugen gains access to the Repair Party consumable, allowing her to gain a significant edge in survivability.. Other than reload speed, the main battery rifles are the same between each ship. Along with the Bismarck she left port on 18th May 1941 but it was not until 21st May that British intelligence was informed that the ships were refuelling in Bergen Fjord in Norway.Afterwards the ships headed for the Denmark Straits in an attempt to avoid the Royal Navy based at Scapa Flow. Schmutzler: SS-Sturmbannführer. [64] The cause of the collision was heavy fog. [17] The report eventually made its way to Captain Henry Denham, the British naval attaché to Sweden, who transmitted the information to the Admiralty. The trouble with Prinz Eugen's propulsion system may have influenced the decision to dispose of her in the nuclear tests. Prinz Eugen was then assigned to defend Norwegian waters, along with battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau. Everything else exposed to nuclear weapons from that time period are safe now. On July 25 it was bombed again with an underwater detonation of a second atomic bomb. But when coming to the game she has a powerful AA … In 1935, Germany signed the Anglo–German Naval Agreement with Great Britain, which provided a legal basis for German naval rearmament; the treaty specified that Germany would be able to build five 10,000-long-ton (10,000 t) "treaty cruisers". [88] The US Navy announced that the work had been completed by 15 October 2018; the project had extracted approximately 250,000 US gallons (950,000 l; 210,000 imp gal) of fuel oil, which amounted to 97 percent of the fuel remaining aboard the wreck. Lütjens ordered his ships to engage the British cruiser; Bismarck fired five salvoes, three of which straddled Norfolk and rained shell splinters on her decks. [31] Hood engaged Prinz Eugen, which the British thought to be Bismarck, while Prince of Wales fired on Bismarck. For questions and allegations about radiation problems: The USS/KMS Prinz Eugen is non radioactive as of this time, some sections of the ship, mainly the deep parts of the hull may still be semi radioactive, but we will bring radiation detectors and make sure no one is hurt in the exploration of the interior, and if it still is radioactive inside, we will clean it out once it’s fully lifted. [7] She was launched on 22 August 1938,[8] in a ceremony attended by the Governor (Reichsstatthalter) of the Ostmark, Arthur Seyss-Inquart, who made the christening speech. [66] Over the course of November and December, the ship was occupied with lengthy trials in the Baltic. Close. Yeah, you can visit either as a tourist, but you can't stay there for long. After examining the ship in the United States, the US Navy assigned the cruiser to the Operation Crossroads nuclear tests at Bikini Atoll. Just don't dig into the ground or scratch/touch anything or you will stir up deadly contamination just below the surface. Prinz Eugen received the benefit of experience in the construction and trials of her preceding sisters, and was completed with minor differences. The concussion from the 38 cm guns disabled Bismarck's FuMo 23 radar set; this prompted Lütjens to order Prinz Eugen to take station ahead so she could use her functioning radar to scout for the formation. [19] On the evening of 20 May, Prinz Eugen and the rest of the flotilla reached the Norwegian coast; the minesweepers were detached and the two raiders and their destroyer escorts continued north. [61], On 21 February 1942, Prinz Eugen, the heavy cruiser Admiral Scheer, and the destroyers Richard Beitzen, Paul Jakobi, Z25, Hermann Schoemann, and Friedrich Ihn steamed to Norway. The same day more engine problems showed up, including trouble with the port engine turbine, the cooling of the middle engine and problems with the starboard screw, reducing her maximum speed to 28 knots. Eventually, Prinz Eugen was given to the US Navy who kept her as a war trophy. Schmutzler, 'Prinz Eugen', and his namesakes. 0 Comments. [64], While on the return voyage to Gotenhafen on 15 October, Prinz Eugen inadvertently rammed the light cruiser Leipzig amidships north of Hela. The ships were commanded by Vizeadmiral Bernhard Rogge. The Prinz Eugen (fourth warship to wear that name) was the third and last heavy cruiser commissioned by the Kriegsmarine.She acquired notoriety on her first war mission in May 1941, during the Atlantic sortie with the Bismarck in which the Hood was sunk and the Prince of Wales damaged. Maybe after 270,000 years. In 2018, the US navy removed about 229,000 gallons of fuel oil from the Eugen for ecological reasons. The ship was then allocated to the fleet of target ships for Operation Crossroads in Bikini Atoll. The Germans ceased fire as the range widened, though Captain Ernst Lindemann, Bismarck's commander, strongly advocated chasing Prince of Wales and destroying her. In early January 1943, the Kriegsmarine ordered the ship to return to Norway to reinforce the warships stationed there. [38] After the end of the engagement, Lütjens reported that a "Battlecruiser, probably Hood, sunk. From 1944 onward, Prinz Eugen was assigned to the Baltic coast. Not sure you can consider the Prinz Eugen a fighter that proved it more then once. She suffered no significant structural damage from the explosions but was thoroughly contaminated with The British failed to penetrate the Luftwaffe fighter shield, and all six Swordfish were destroyed. [54] The torpedo boats were led by Kapitän zur See Erich Bey, aboard the destroyer Z29. [9] As built, the ship had a straight stem, though after her launch this was replaced with a clipper bow. This is our plan if you are interested: We have read up fully on maritime law, and how the USA still has rights over the wreck of the ship due to her being not decommissioned and still on US soil, we are going to go to the US embassy to speak to them about this and we’ll get the rights for salvage. Built by Krupp Germania shipyard in Kiel. For the financial side and how we are going to go about this with money: We have a gofundme set up and our team is gaining money to support this project as well, if you would like to donate, please do it’s very much appreciated. [15] The Luftwaffe provided air cover during the voyage out of German waters. [84], By late December 1946, the ship was in very bad condition; on 21 December, she began to list severely. The cruiser Prinz Eugen was the largest and most modern German surface ship to survive WWII intact. This ship was exposed to and impregnated with radioactive isotopes. Once there, she was decommissioned on 7 May and turned over to Royal Navy control the following day. prinz eugen anime. [28] Suffolk quickly retreated to a safe distance and shadowed the German ships. A raked funnel cap was also installed. [2], Prinz Eugen was 207.7 meters (681 ft) long overall, and had a beam of 21.7 m (71 ft) and a maximum draft of 7.2 m (24 ft). However, on her own power she managed to reach Trondheim and from there was towed to Lofjord [de], where, over the next few months, emergency repairs were effected. [68] At that point, Prinz Eugen had expended her main battery ammunition, and critical munition shortages forced the ship to remain in port until 10 March, when she bombarded Soviet forces around Gotenhafen, Danzig, and Hela. Prinz Eugen suffered two relatively light hits in the attack,[9] but she was not seriously damaged and was commissioned into service on 1 August. We have enough idiots denying this pandemic -- Please don't bring this kind of poison around. Prinz Eugen was moored about 1,200 yards (1,100 m) from the epicenter of both blasts and was only lightly damaged by them; the Able blast only bent her foremast and broke the top of her main mast. The cruiser laid a smoke screen and fled into a fog bank, ending the brief engagement. The place is paradise.... After the German collapse in May 1945, she was surrendered to the British Royal Navy before being transferred to the US Navy as a war prize. Under the command of Kapitän zur See (KzS—Captain at Sea) Helmuth Brinkmann, the ship steamed to Gotenhafen, where the crew readied her for her Atlantic sortie. [37] Lütjens firmly rejected the request, and instead ordered Bismarck and Prinz Eugen to head for the open waters of the North Atlantic. Refloating the Prinz Eugan is like grabbing an irradiated piece of rescue/construction equipment from Chernobyl and driving it around your town. [24], By 04:00 on 23 May, Lütjens ordered Prinz Eugen and Bismarck to increase speed to 27 knots (50 km/h; 31 mph) to make the dash through the Denmark Strait. Unfortunately, there was a leak in the hull, and radioactivity prevented anyone from repairing the hull. By 05:52, the range had fallen to 26,000 m (85,000 ft) and Hood opened fire, followed by Prince of Wales a minute later. Sailors scrubbing down the German cruiser Prinz Eugen with brushes, water, soap, and lye. [57] The fighters flew at masthead-height to avoid detection by the British radar network. [27], Admiral Lütjens gave permission for Prinz Eugen to engage Suffolk, though the captain of the German cruiser could not clearly make out his target and so held fire. Also is she a dive wreck site today or still radioactive? [56][63], On 16 May, Prinz Eugen made the return voyage to Germany under her own power. DaintyFoal1981_xbl, December 28, 2020 in Misc, Hello to anyone who is reading this and is interested in our project! [64], As the Soviet Army pushed the Wehrmacht back on the Eastern Front, it became necessary to reactivate Prinz Eugen as a gunnery support vessel; on 1 October 1943, the ship was reassigned to combat duty. Since it is now functioning as a reef, there might be ecological permission needed too. [40] Shortly after 10:00, Lütjens ordered Prinz Eugen to fall behind Bismarck to discern the severity of the oil leakage from the bow hit. (I … [5] Prinz Eugen's armored belt was 70 to 80 mm (2.8 to 3.1 in) thick; her upper deck was 12 to 30 mm (0.47 to 1.18 in) thick and her main armored deck was 20 to 50 mm (0.79 to 1.97 in) thick. [60] Prinz Eugen was out of service for repairs until October; she conducted sea trials beginning on 27 October. [71] The ship fired 871 rounds of ammunition at the Soviets advancing on the German bridgehead at Cranz held by the XXVIII Corps, which was protecting Königsberg. For the ship itself and how it will be lifted or in either cases, moved, we will be contacting a lot of companies about getting heavy lift crane ships, for example from either china or the US. [65] In reference to her originally planned name, the ship's bell from the Austrian battleship Tegetthoff was presented on 22 November by the Italian Contrammiraglio (Rear Admiral) de Angeles. [12], On 23 April, while passing through the Fehmarn Belt en route to Kiel,[13] Prinz Eugen detonated a magnetic mine dropped by British aircraft. Twice in January Prinz Eugen attempted to steam to Norway with Scharnhorst, but both attempts were broken off after British surveillance aircraft spotted the two ships. Laid down April 23, 1936. [10], Commissioning was delayed slightly due to light damage sustained during a Royal Air Force attack on Kiel on the night of 1 July 1940. Nice to know I can make a good guess once in awhile!! The action diverted British attention and permitted Prinz Eugen to slip away. The ship then returned to Gotenhafen, before escorting a convoy of ships evacuating German soldiers from Finland. For anymore questions please join the link below. [64] In June 1944, Prinz Eugen, the heavy cruiser Lützow, and the 6th Destroyer Flotilla formed the Second Task Force, later renamed Task Force Thiele after its commander, Vizeadmiral August Thiele. The Prinz Eugen was towed back to Kwajalein Atoll, more than 400 miles away, with hopes of scrapping the ship and further studying the residual impact of the radiation. On 13 December, Prinz Eugen was awarded as a war prize to the United States, which sent the ship to Wesermünde. For questions and allegations about radiation problems: The USS/KMS Prinz Eugen is non radioactive as of this time, some sections of the ship, mainly the deep parts of the hull may still be semi radioactive, but we will bring radiation detectors and make sure no one is hurt in the exploration of the interior, and if it still is radioactive inside, we will clean it out once it’s fully lifted. German aircraft arrived later to jam British radar with chaff. Post by Mikedc » 22 Dec 2004, 19:30 I've two Schmutzlers and I'm looking for their Christian names as well as some more info(if possible short bio)from both men. And it would be an absolute CRIME to allow small growing children or pregnant women to get anywhere near this thing. [67] Prinz Eugen was taken to Gotenhafen, where repairs were effected within a month. [67], After arriving in Boston, the ship was extensively examined by the US Navy. Although it survived the initial blast, the ship sank a few months later with 2,767 metric tons of oil still in its tanks. Look forward to your future post on this subject ... Prinz Eugen wreck site? 846. Lütjens ordered his ships' crews to battle stations. They seriously.. seriously didn't know what they were writing down. [78][83], She was towed to the Pacific via Philadelphia and the Panama Canal,[78] departing on 3 March. Several minutes after opening fire, Holland ordered a 20° turn to port, which would allow his ships to engage with their rear gun turrets. Jonathan joins historian Mark Miller on a trip to explore this mysterious shipwreck. There is enough hard radiation left on those metal pieces to only permit anyone a couple weeks standing on it for a lifetime exposure. Prinz Eugen was detached from Bismarck during the operation to raid Allied merchant shipping, but this was cut short due to engine troubles. "Prinz Eugen, der edle Ritter" (Prince Eugene, the Noble Knight) is an Austrian-German folksong about the victory of Prince Eugene of Savoy in 1717 during the Austro-Turkish War of 1716–1718. The attack killed 60 men and wounded more than 40 others. Thick cloud cover forced the British to abort the mission and return two days later. For plan B it’s more risky but to rebuild the ship from everything that’s fell apart or in disrepair and safe fully and slowly move the ship to the nearest drydock for repairs. And for anyone interested please do join our official discord server! "[89], Coordinates: .mw-parser-output .geo-default,.mw-parser-output .geo-dms,.mw-parser-output .geo-dec{display:inline}.mw-parser-output .geo-nondefault,.mw-parser-output .geo-multi-punct{display:none}.mw-parser-output .longitude,.mw-parser-output .latitude{white-space:nowrap}8°45′9.85″N 167°40′59.16″E / 8.7527361°N 167.6831000°E / 8.7527361; 167.6831000, Operation Cerberus and Norwegian operations, "L/60" denotes the length of the gun. Just for fun and giggles~ Starting in February 2018, the US Navy, including the Navy's Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit One, US Army, and the Federated States of Micronesia conducted a joint oil removal effort with the salvage ship USNS Salvor, which had cut holes into the ship's fuel tanks to pump the oil from the wreck directly into the oil tanker Humber. Prinz Eugen has also been depicted as also close to Z23, although their exact relationship isn't specifically known. Upon returning to active service, the ship spent several months training officer cadets in the Baltic before serving as artillery support for the retreating German Army on the Eastern Front. [87] On 29 August 1946, the US Navy decommissioned Prinz Eugen. On 19–20 August, the ship steamed into the Gulf of Riga and bombarded Tukums. Meme. Twice. The problem though was that everyone knew that Prinz Eugen was undamaged as her arrival in Denmark was well documented by the media. A composite American-German crew consisting of 574 German officers and sailors, supervised by eight American officers and eighty-five enlisted men under the command of Graubart,[77][78] then took the ship to Boston, departing on 13 January 1946 and arriving on 22 January. "Prinz Eugen" SS Division, 1941-1945 by Carl Kosta Savich 2001. My grandfather was the chief engineering officer on the ship (USS Conserver) that towed Prinz Eugen to the spot where she sank. After putting into occupied France and undergoing repairs, the ship participated in Operation Cerberus, a daring daylight dash through the English Channel back to Germany. Two heavy cruisers maintain contact. [58][59], Off Dover, Prinz Eugen came under fire from British coastal artillery batteries, though they scored no hits. There is enough hard radiation left on those metal pieces to only permit anyone a couple weeks standing on it for a lifetime exposure. She was at Denmark Straight, sure, but did little else all war long except almost sink the Leipzig by ramming her. The ship was launched on 22 Augus… Prinz Eugen was 2000 yards from the center of the blast and again received minimal damage but high radioactive contamination. However, Admiral John Tovey had … At 20:30, the heavy cruiser HMS Norfolk joined Suffolk, but approached the German raiders too closely. Prinz Eugen was ordered by the Kriegsmarine from the Germaniawerft shipyard in Kiel. [54] By 13:00, the ships had cleared the Strait of Dover but, half an hour later, a flight of six Fairey Swordfish torpedo bombers, with Spitfire escort, attacked the Germans. Bananas are more radioactive than .004 mR/hr, The Archeology of the Atomic Bomb: A Submerged Cultural Resources Assessment of the Sunken Fleet of Operation Crossroads at Bikini and Kwajalein Atoll Lagoons (nps.gov). [68] Prinz Eugen then returned to Gotenhafen to resupply and have her worn-out gun barrels re-bored. [51] On the night of 1 July 1941,[44] Prinz Eugen was struck by an armor-piercing bomb that destroyed the control center deep down under the bridge. [18], The code-breakers at Bletchley Park confirmed that an Atlantic raid was imminent, as they had decrypted reports that Bismarck and Prinz Eugen had taken on prize crews and requested additional navigational charts from headquarters. [48] The screw problems could only be checked and repaired in a dock and thus Brest, with its large docks and repair facilities, was chosen as destination. [8] The cruiser spent the remainder of 1940 conducting sea trials in the Baltic Sea. [68] On 20–21 November, the ship supported German troops on the Sworbe Peninsula by firing around 500 rounds of main battery ammunition. You obviously do not know what radiation is, and how many thousands of years those isotopes will remain. [45] Afterwards the ship continued further south on a mission against shipping lines. Despite the many British warships and several convoys in the area, at least 104 units were identified on the 29th by the ship's radio crew, Prinz Eugen reached the Bay of Biscay undiscovered, and on 1 June the ship was joined by German destroyers and aircraft off the coast of France south of Brest;[49] and escorted to Brest, which she reached late on 1 June where she immediately entered dock. Swedish aircraft and destroyers shadowed the convoy, but did not intervene. During these operations, she fired a total of 2,025 shells from her 20.3 cm guns and another 2,446 rounds from her 10.5 cm guns. There she met with the light cruiser Leipzig, and almost destroyed the ship. For the financial side and how we are going to go about this with money: We have a gofundme set up and our team is gaining money to support this project as well, if you would like to donate, please do it’s very much appreciated. Raeder and Lütjens decided that it would be most beneficial to resume surface actions in the Atlantic as soon as possible, however, and that the two ships should sortie without reinforcement. At around 12:00, Lütjens ordered his two ships to turn toward the Denmark Strait to attempt the breakout into the open waters of the Atlantic. [29], The British cruisers tracked Prinz Eugen and Bismarck through the night, continually relaying the location and bearing of the German ships. 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