High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Seiner Majestät Schiff Zähringen was third ship of the Wittelsbach-class of pre-dreadnought battleships of the German Imperial Navy. Laid down in 1899 at the Germaniawerft shipyard in Kiel, she was launched on 12 June 1901 and commissioned on 25 October 1902. Her sisters were Wittelsbach, Wettin, Schwaben and Mecklenburg. Although outdated once the dreadnoughts came into service from 1906 onward, all five ships of the class saw fleet service in the early years of World War I, but were deactivated in 1916. SMS Zähringen was in service with the High Seas Fleet until 20 September 1910, when she was transferred to the reserve fleet in the Baltic Sea.