S.M.S. EMDEN was a 390 foot light cruiser of the German Navy. She was launched on May 26, 1908 and commissioned into the Kaiserliche Marine--Germany's Imperial Navy-- on July 10, 1909. S.M.S. Emden was the last German cruiser to use reciprocating engines. Her sister ship Dresden, and all following cruisers, were equipped with steam turbines. Emden's raiding cruise in late 1914 was one of the most romanticized and notable incidents of World War I. She raided Allied shipping in the Indian Ocean, sinking or capturing thirty Allied merchant vessels and warships before being run aground by her captain to prevent her from sinking, after engaging HMAS Sydney at the Battle of Cocos.