SMS Wiesbaden
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Mar. 19, 2016

My grandfather whose name was Walter Zippel was in the German Navy and was aboard the Cruiser Wiesbaden. In fact he was the only survivor of the ship in the Battle of Jutland. He wrote his life story sometime during his life and retold in detail what it was like to find himself to be the only remaining person out of over 500 to be alive in the dark frigid waters of the North Atlantic. He was rescued by an Norwegian fishing boat and transferred to a Norwegian freighter and brought to America. I am trying to find any information pertaining to the ship and his time aboard it. I am not sure where to begin. Thanks for any help that folks could provide.

Chuck Hickey

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Oct. 21, 2017

The notice on the board must be a fake or Mr. Hickey's grandfather was a liar. The name of the only survivor of SMS Wiesbaden was Hugo Zenne, member of the engine crew, not Walter Zippel. Zenne returned to Germany, was living and married in the city of Gotha and died there in 1961.

I am a little bit angry on this notice, because my grandpas brother, Kapitänleutnant Georg Wende, died on SMS Wiesbaden.

Markus Wende
Augsburg, Germany

(Note: It is correct that Hugo Zenne was the only known survivor of SMS Wiesbaden.)
Michael W. Pocock

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