General Von Steuben


General Von Steuben was a passenger liner laid down by AG Vulkan in Stettin. She was launched in 1922 and had her maiden voyage the year after. After the outbreak of world war two she was requisitioned by the Kriegsmarine and used as an armed transport and accommodation ship. Under a journey from Pillau to Swinemunde loaded with more 3600 people,  both civilian refugees and wounded soldiers from the Eastern front, she was spotted and torpedoed by the Sovjet submarine S 13 under command of Alexander Marinesko late at night 10. February 1945. She was hit by two torpedoes and sank in the deep in less than seven minutes. Only three hundred people survived the sinking. The wreck was found and identified by the Polish navy vessel Orp Arctowski in May 2004. The wreck rest today on her port side on a depth of 50 to 70 meter north of Stolpe Bank. Also see the wrecks of Goya and Wilhelm Gustlof.

Former names:
General Von Steuben
München 167,8 x 19,8 x 13,1 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
13325 grt Stettin ( D ) 1923 Bremen ( D )

55° 13′ 26" N 16° 40′ 48" E

Picture: General Von Steuben
Courtesy of Bundesarchiv

Last updated: January 2021