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German Cruiser Dresden

Half sister of the famous raider Emden. Unlike Emden's piston engines, Dresden was equipped with turbines. Commissioned in 1908. She was part of von Spee's victorious squadron at Coronel in 1914, and was the only German ship to escape the vengeful Royal Navy at the Falklands a month later. She evaded the British until March of 1915 when the RN cruisers Kent and Glasgow caught up with her at the Chilean Robinson Crusoe Island. The crew, including one Lt. Wilhelm Canaris, scuttled her in about 200 feet of water.

 

American Memory Project, Library of Congress

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Taken on August 20, 2012