SMS Cormoran

SMS Cormoran


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The SMS Cormoran, originally named the S.S. Rjasan, was built by Germans for the Russian Fleet in 1909 and was scuttled in the first World War. She lies on her port side alongside the Tokai Maru and is still amazingly intact for such an old ship.

The Cormoran was used as a mail transport between Vladivostok and Japan until it was captured by the Germans and converted into an armed merchant raider. It was interned on Guam until the outbreak of World War I. When the U.S. officially entered the war, rather than surrender the vessel, the captain scuttled it and it sank within four minutes. The engine room is easily accessible through the skylights and although she is an old shipwreck, the superstructure is intact.

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