Ost-Friesland, Germany-Travel Shield Charms

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SMS Ostfriesland, later USS Ostfriesland as a prize of war, was a Helgoland class dreadnought battleship of the Kaiserliche Marine (German Imperial Navy). Surviving the First World War, she was sunk in an American experiment to prove the effectiveness of airpower against ships in 1920s, along with other U.S. vessels.

The ship was named after the German region Ostfriesland (East Frisia), which borders the Netherlands and the North Sea. Her keel was laid down on 19 October 1908 at the Imperial Dockyard at Wilhelmshaven. She was launched on 30 September 1909, and commissioned in the Imperial German Navy on 1 August 1911.

At the outbreak of the First World War, Ostfriesland was squadron flagship of the 1st Battle Squadron under Vice-Admiral Schmidt. She took part in the Raid on Scarborough, Hartlepool and Whitby on 16 December 1914 led by Rear Admiral Hipper.

In 1916 she was present at the Battle of Jutland, firing eleven 12 in (305 mm) rounds. She was undamaged by British gunfire but struck a mine on June 1 on the journey back from the battle, with 1 killed and 10 injured. Repairs were completed on 26 July 1916 at Wilhelmshaven.

Following World War I, all four Helgoland class battleships were surrendered to the Allies. On 7 April 1920 at Rosyth, Scotland, Ostfriesland was handed over to the United States Navy as “Ship H” under the command of Captain J.F. Hellweg. Under the terms of the surrender, the ship was to be destroyed by 24 July 1921.

This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 18 July, 2007.

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