SMS Lützow was a Derfflinger class battlecruiser of the Deutschen Kaiserliche Marine during World War I, and the second ship of her class
Built by Schichau-Werft in Danzig, her keel was laid down in May 1912, and she was launched on 29 November 1913.
Lützow was commissioned on 8 August 1915 for trials, but developed major problems with her turbines, which necessitated 6 months of repairs before she was able to enter service. She was finally fully commissioned in March 1916, just over 2 months before the Battle of Jutland.
On completion she displaced nearly 27,000 tons, with a main armament of 8 x 30.5 cm (12 in) guns, making her the largest and most powerful German battlecruiser at the time
Sunday, January 4, 2009