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The subterfuge worked. As the German ships approached the convoy, the British ships flashed recognition signals. 9-inch guns, quickly sinking the two escorting destroyers, HMS Strongbow and Mary Rose. Two armed escort trawlers were then quickly sunk, followed by nine of the 12 ships of the convoy. It was a stunning success. Brummer was one of eight light cruisers that started to scuttle with the High Seas Fleet in 1919. Of those eight, three were beached and the Bremse was subsequently salvaged, but the remaining four: Dresden; Cöln; Karlsruhe; and Brummer still lie on the bottom of Scapa Flow.
All other efforts to get U-20 off the sandbank failed and so the following morning her crew were taken off - and she was blown up where she lay. m. , the group was spotted by the British submarine J 1, commanded by Commander Noel Laurence. m. he fired his first torpedo, which successfully struck Grosser Kurfürst. He then fired a second torpedo that hit Kronprinz and blasted a gaping hole in her side. Both stricken battleships started flooding with tons of water and it was only their watertight compartments that prevented them from sinking and allowed them to limp back to the safe haven of their base.
Indd 35 22/11/2012 14:57:34 greAt brItIsh shIpwreCks Left: Forward anchor capstans on SMS Karlsruhe © Ewan Rowell Far left: The German light cruiser SMS Karlsruhe. Below: The wreck of the German light cruiser SMS Karlsruhe. indd 36 22/11/2012 14:57:43 Orkney & Scapa Flow peninsula. On 18/19 October, Karlsruhe and the II Scouting Group covered minesweepers operating off the island of Dagö. By 20 October, the islands were under German control and the Russian naval forces had either been destroyed or forced to withdraw.