Poland,Baltic Sea

The steamer Karlsruhe was built by Weser Werk AG in Bremerhaven, and was launched in 1905 for the German company Hamburg Amerika Linie. She was in 1935 sold to Ernst Russ in Hamburg, but kept her original name. Under second world war she was requisitioned by the German Kriegsmarine, and she participated in Operation Hannibal, the evacuation of East Prussia in early 1945. Under a journey from Pillau to Copenhagen loaded with vehicles, general goods and over 1000 people, she was attacked outside StolpmĆ¼nde in Poland by Soviet torpedo bombers 13.April 1945. She was hit by a torpedo and broke in two. She went down in the deep within a few minutes, and its estimated that almost thousand people perished in the sinking.  The wreck was found by the Polish diving team Baltitech in the summer 2020 on a depth of 88 meters outside Ustka in Poland.

Former names:

216,5 x 32,8 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
897 grt
Bremerhaven ( D ) 1905
Hamburg ( D )

Picture: Karlsruhe
Courtesy of Bladet Dykking

Last updated: December 2020