SMS Cöln is the most intact of the four cruisers remaining in the depths of Scapa Flow. She now rests on her starboard side, but it is easy to imagine the wreck turned 90 degrees and grandly floating on the surface as the formidable warship she once was. A light cruiser of the Cöln class, her sister ship, SMS Dresden, was also scuttled in Scapa Flow and never raised by the salvagers. Today SMS Cöln lies in 36 metres of water but extends up to 22 metres at the shallowest point.
Unlike some of the warships, the Cöln is not a complex wreck to navigate and, combined with her depth, is well within the grasp of competent sport divers. The imposing stem and Armoured Control Tower are just two of the intact features that help to make such a memorable wreck.