KMS Prinz Eugen – Guide 081

The KM Prinz Eugen, a heavy cruiser of the Kriegsmarine is today’s subject.

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50 thoughts on “KMS Prinz Eugen – Guide 081

  1. Ferrous Oxcide says:

    The last part about staying away to avoid radiation poisoning isn't entirely correct, the wreck has been considered safe to dive on since the 80s.

  2. NINJAMAN420 says:

    Mmmmmmmm Radiation ☢️☢️☢️☢️☢️🤤🤤🤤🤤🤤

  3. Prophet's Space Engineering says:

    It's not really radioactive anymore. Very few places remain dangerously radioactive for more than a few decades. You'd need a some actual fuel rods or something similar to keep anything radioactive for this long. In case of Eugen, the constant circulation of water probably helped, too. I doubt that it is much above average background at this point. Everything is slightly radioactive afterall. Fun fact, regular bananas are quite frequently used to compare radiation exposures. Not kidding.

    Anyway, the US Navy recently did a couple of diving operations to stop Eugen from leaking oil. Apparently there's still a lot of fuel in the wreckage and even some ammunition, including actual torpedos. Now those are definitely good reasons not to visit. There's evidence that somebody looted the wreckage anyway. There's always someone, it seems.

  4. Lezard Valeth says:

    I wouldn't know that it had the best luck of its class, considering its fate after service was to be fapped to by weebs across the planet.

  5. Dave Davis says:

    The ship is no longer radio active. She is a frequent recreational diving location.

  6. gittyupalice96 says:

    So let me get this straight… It survived WW2… only to get atom bombed TWICE by the US and stayed afloat anyway. But eventually sank due to a slow leak. Seems to me we should've probably kept that one guys… Just saying

  7. FRAGIORGIO1 says:

    Thank you so much. My father worked on the electricity of this ship before she was sent to the Bikini nucllar tests,. My father was working in the then Long Beach, California, naval shipyard in 1946. He was obviously impressed by the ship.

  8. Kaustubh Talanki says:

    It was lucky because it the person on whom its name is kept was a British allies

  9. zzirSnipzz1 says:

    The wreck has very little radiation supposedly now because of 70 years of the sea washing it

  10. David Burgess says:

    Tri Cap, yes, she was a handsome ship, and at first glance looked like a battleship!

  11. Craig Miller says:

    In 2014 I got a chance to make a dive on the Prinz Eugen in the lagoon near Kwajalein. The ship had been towed back from Bikini Atoll after the atomic testing. It was moored in the lagoon. A storm came in one night and the ship suffering leaks broke loose from her moorings and drifted with the winds across the lagoon where it capsized. I was invited to make a dive on it by members of the Kwajalein dive club. Radiation is no longer an issue with the ship and it is often dove. The stern and propellers are usually visible but as the ship rests inverted on a hill side, the bow is down just a bit below 100 feet of depth. It's an interesting dive with lots of things to see. The torpedo storage still has torpedos in racks. As the Island of Kwajalein is a working military base and part of the Pacific Missile Range, it is very difficult to dive there. A friend and I were guests of a couple who were civilian workers there and they gave us a place to stay and took us out to the wreck in one of the club's small dive boats. We also dove some Japanese war wrecks there. The number of Japanese wrecks there is mind boggling. Following that, We went out to Bikini Atoll for 10 days of diving many of the wrecks out there. That trip was an invite only mixed gas rebreather trip which is why were at Kwajalein in the first place. I was able to make repeated dives the USS Saratoga, IJN Nagato, USS Anderson, USS Arkansas, USS Lambson, and the USS Apogon which is a submarine. Quite a memorable dive trip. My favorite dive out there was the IJN Nagato.

  12. Beans Bottom says:

    The Prinz Eugen’s bell is in the US Navy Yard in Washington DC. I have been twice hoping to see it, but been thwarted by it not being on display both times. I will try a third time, and a fourth, and again until I finally see it!

  13. Boyd Grandy says:

    Eugen isn't that hot any more.
    At least one of her screws has been salvaged and returned to Germany.

  14. John Johansen says:

    5:53 Actually not long ago I saw a documentary where divers went down to ships sunken by those nuclear tests.
    Even those nearest to the blasts.
    I believe it was on NatGeo.

  15. George King says:

    The capsizing pic of Prinz Eugen is actually the battleship Pennsylvania…not especially pretty but as an interesting sidelight was manned by, among many others, Johnny Carson of Tonight Show fame.

  16. Hakapeszi Maki says:

    Prinz Eugen was not British ally (I do not undersdand this statement), he was a french nobleman who served the Habsurgs. He actually joined the Habsburgs as a military commander against the otomans. Prinz Eugen was very well respected in Austria-Hungary and still has a statue in Budapest close to the royal palace due to his heroism when Buda fortress was taken back from otomans. This new ship was named in order to tribute the KuK navy, which navy had SMS Prinz Eugen battleship (many former KuK navy officers joined the new German navy). The name was to unite the heratege of the KuK navy and enhance the unity with the new German navy. The ship’s name was sugested by Admiral Horthy (the last chief of staff of the KuK Navy) to Hitler according to Horthy’s memoires, Hitler wanted to name the ship after Thegethoff but Horthy suggested him Prinz Eugen not to tease the Italians because Thegethoff defeated the Italian navy in Lissa… Cheers

  17. Michael Schultz says:

    I had no idea that the Prinz Eugen had survived the war. Great video as always!

  18. WorshipinIdols says:

    Only a retard like Hitler would develop a new class of Heavy-Cruisers like the Hipper-class that…
    • weigh more!
    • have less fire-power
    • less range
    • and less armor
    • and are more expensive to build (not counting over head…

    When he already had the 3 Deutschland-class ready to go, and could have just improved them (imagine the Graf Spee with the 28.0cm SK/ C34.

    Makes my spine tingle!

    That the

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  20. Denys Vlasenko says:

    all was great until the last bit about "radiation poisoning". It's been 75 years. You can't get radiation poisoning from that wreck even if you lick it. All radioactive contamination which was soluble has been dissolved and washed away; the insoluble contamination stays firmly attached to the steel and would require scraping and eating to damage you. (If plutonium would be a strong gamma emitter, then a bit of radiation would still affect the divers,… but Pu is predominantly an alpha emitter).

  21. Prinz Eugen……………………………sank the HMS Hood with a 4" magazine hit…………..Awesome!

  22. HaradaTaro1 says:

    What if Prinr Eugen had stuck with Bismark escorting it to Brest?

  23. Donald Lamkin says:

    Cool video! I always wondered what happened to that ship.

  24. Damian Ousley says:

    Any cobalt 60 produced would be produced by neutron activation would have almost have decayed away by now. Co 60 has a half life of 5 years approximately. So 12 half lives only about 1/ 4000 th of any Co 60 would remain. The other main radioactive contaminant would have been Cs 137 with a 30 year half life which is water soluble so much of it would have leached away in the exposure to sea water and the corrosion of the hull. And as time passes becomes less of a radiological hazard. Most of the german fleet including the remaining U boats were scuttled or used as range or weapons targets, All british battleships were scrapped for their steel or scuttled. Apt description of battleship at end of ww2 was potentially 30,000 tonnes or more of scrap steel or iron.

  25. Bourn Harry says:

    People still fishing near the ship…in Kwajalein marshall island

  26. I wonder if the German crew gave the US crew wrong instructions on the boilers to wreck them on purpose?

  27. Phil Sallaway says:

    After the A Bomb tests she was towed to the Kawajulen Atoll. While there a storm came up and she broke free of her mooring sprung a leak and capsized on the island adjacent to Kawajulen Island. I have flown over her several times. She also had some of her torpedos and other arms on board when she sank and caution is advised by the folks I have met who dover her. Some of her parts and pieces have been salvaged. I think one of her props has been repatriated to Germany.

  28. Now this is what I want when I search prinz eugen not azur lane

  29. Bobolgob Olle Kohanovskij says:

    It is crazy to imagine that they actually tested their nules in the ocean when having access to desert. Say what you want about the Soviets but they were not stupid enough to test their nukes in the ocean

  30. hellavadeal says:

    So, if you find you have gone back in tyime and must serve in the German navy of WW2 , that is the ship you want to be on.

  31. At 5:47 that's not the Prinz Eugen, that's the battleship USS Pennsylvania. Another iconic warship sadly wasted at the A-bomb tests instead of being preserved.

  32. Fizwalker says:

    It’s a shame she was expended the way she was; She was a gorgeous ship.

  33. GEMMA MUDD says:

    I don't know a lot about ships but could have print engen towed Bismarck to safety

  34. GEMMA MUDD says:

    My favourite ship and sinking it like that was just taking the piss

  35. Trent SLVI s says:

    Umm!. The Prinz Eugene didn't sink from progressive flooding, that was the Pennsylvania!. The Prinz Eugene broke her mooring in a typhoon and ran aground on the reef and capsized, where she rests today!…

  36. Jessica Wells says:

    That was the Pennsylvania sinking at the end of the video

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