Florida,North America

The German freighter Rhein was at the outbreak of world war two in Tampico in Mexico. After being laid at anchor for months, they decided to break out and set course for Germany through the waters of neutral America. They were pursued by American naval ships despite that the country was still neutral, and was 11. December 1940 "accidentally" seen by the Dutch sloop HNLMS Van Kinsbergen that fired warning shots to stop her. The crew put her on fire and prepared to scuttle her, and while she was full ablaze in flames the English light cruiser HMS Caradoc arrived. The cruiser fired over twenty shots with their 6" guns after they had taken the crew prisoner. The wreck was found in 1991 and rest today on a depth of 40 meter at Dry Tortugas approx 70 nautical miles northwest of Key West in Florida.

Former names:
453,8 x 58,2 x 24,1 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
6031 grt
Bremen ( D ) 1926
Hamburg ( D )

Pictures: HNLMS Van Kinsbergen & HMS Caradoc
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Poster from Hamburg Amerika Linie

Last updated: 24.June 2019