Goya was built at Akers Mekaniske Verksted in Oslo and launched in 1940. After the German invasion of Norway in April 1940 she was requisitioned by Kriegsmarine and rebuilt as a transport and supply ship for uboats. In 1943 she was modified to a depot ship and stationed in Memel. Under Operation Hannibal in 1945, the evacuation of the German east territories, she participated in evacuating both civilians and soldiers. She was sunk 16.April 1945 under a journey from Danzig to Stettin. On Goya there were a great number of refugees and soldiers from Wehrmacht trying to escape the Soviet Red Army. She was spotted by the Soviet submarine L-3 under command of Konovalov and torpedoed. Goya broke in two parts and sank in less than four minutes. It is believed that between 6-7000 people perished, but the exact number is disputed. Only 175 survivors were rescued from the cold water. The wreck was found by Polish divers in 2002, and the year after a film team from the German TV station MDR filmed the wreck resting on her keel on a depth of 55 to 75 meters north of Rixhôft.

Former names:

445,2 x 57,3 x 24,1 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
5230 grt Oslo ( N ) 1942 Bergen ( N )

55° 12' 0" N , 18° 18' 36" E

Picture: Goya in 1942
Akers Mekaniske Verksted
Underwater Video
Uboat.netWikipedia, Fair Use licence
Pictures: Soviet submarine L-1, sistership to L-3 &
Commander on L-3, Vladimir Konovalev
Courtesy of Uboat.net and Wikipedia, Public Domain

Wreck of sunken liner found: 19/04/2003:
"German deep sea divers have discovered parts of the wreck of the Goya,
an ocean liner which sank in 1945 with thousands of refugees aboard,
MDR television said on Thursday. The Goya was carrying more than
7 000 German refugees when it was sunk by a Russian submarine
April 16, 1945, making it one of the world's worst maritime disasters"

Last updated: August 2019