S.M.S. Scharnhorst by Paul Wright. A German armored cruiser, built in 1907, 11,600 tons. Scharnhorst ship was the crack gunnery ship of the German fleet before WWI. was the Flagship of the German East Asia Squadron based in Tsingtao under Admiral Graf von Spee. The Squadron were ordered to return to Germany via S. America Intercepted by the British at Coronel, the squadron beat the British forces, only to be totally destroyed itself shortly after at the Battle of the Falklands.