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SMY Hohenzollern (German: Seiner Majestät Yacht Hohenzollern) was the name of several yachts used by the German Emperors between 1878 and 1918, named after their House of Hohenzollern.

Willy Stöwer Yacht Hohenzollern.jpg
Imperial Yacht Hohenzollern I (Willy Stöwer, ca. 1888)
German Empire
Name: S.M.Y. Hohenzollern I
Builder: Norddeutsche Schiffbau-Gesellschaft, Kiel
Laid down: 1876
Launched: 1878
Renamed: Kaiseradler 1892
Fate: Scrapped in 1923
General characteristics SMY Hohenzollern I
Type: Royal Yacht
  • 6,821 t (6,713 long tons) standard
  • 7,718 t (7,596 long tons) full load
Length: 88 m (288 ft 9 in)
Beam: 17.7 m (58 ft 1 in)
Draft: 4.8 m (15 ft 9 in)
Propulsion: Triple-expansion steam engine

SMY Hohenzollern IEdit

The first Hohenzollern was built 1876–1878 by Norddeutsche Schiffbau-Gesellschaft in Kiel. Her interiors were designed by architect Heinrich Moldenschardt. In 1892 she was renamed Kaiseradler (Imperial eagle) and scrapped in 1912.

SMY Hohenzollern IIEdit

Hohenzollern II in Venice, Italy. Photochrom print, 1890s

Hohenzollern II' was launched on 27 June 1892,[1] the build completed the same year by AG Vulcan Stettin. She was 120 metres (390 ft) long, had a beam of 14 metres (46 ft) and drew 5.6 metres (18 ft), with 9,588 indicated horsepower (7,150 kW).

She was used as the Imperial Yacht and aviso from 1893 to July 1914. From 1894 to 1914, with the exception of 1906, Emperor Wilhelm II used her on his annual prolonged Nordlandfahrt trips to Norway. In total he spent over four years on board.

In June 1914 Hohenzollern II attended the Kiel regatta and on 25 June the last state banquet was held on board to entertain officers of the British fleet whose ships had been invited to attend.[2]

At the end of July 1914 Hohenzollern II was put out of service in Kiel, the last captain being Kapitän zur See Johannes V. Karpf. The ship became property of the Weimar Republic in 1918. Struck on 27 February 1920, she was scrapped in 1923 in Wilhelmshaven.

SMY Hohenzollern IIIEdit

Hohenzollern III was launched in September 1914 in Stettin but never finished due to war. She was struck in 1919 and scrapped in 1923 at Deutsche Werke in Kiel.


The imperial yacht was the subject of the Yacht issue produced for postal use in German colonies.


  1. ^ "The Marshall Islands - Marshall Islands history Sources". 2005-10-09.
  2. ^ George von Hase (c. 1921). Kiel and Jutland. Skeffington and son Ltd.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Hohenzollern (ship, 1892) at Wikimedia Commons