A sunken German transport “Karlsruhe” 1905 found in the Baltic Sea
On September 30, 2020, Polish divers found the sunken German transport Karlsruhe (Built in 1905, maximum speed 8 knots) at the bottom of the Baltic Sea. This ship took part in the transportation of troops and cargo during the Second World War and still holds many secrets and relics.
The 10-man Baltictech diving team said the wreckage of the Karlsruhe was 88 meters (290 feet) a dozen miles north of the Polish resort of Ustka.
Sunk by attack of Soviet aircraft
On April 11, 1945, the steamer left the port of Pilawa (now the Russian port of Kaliningrad) with 150 servicemen of the Herman Goering SS regiment, 25 railroad workers, 888 civilians, including children, and several hundred tons of cargo on board. The next day in the port of Hel Karlsruhe was included in the German convoy en route to the German port of Swinemünde (now Swinoujscie, Poland).
In the morning of April 13, 1945, the transport ship was attacked by Soviet aircrafts, received several direct hits from aerial bombs and sank in about three minutes. According to the documents of the Nazi fleet, the German telegram intercepted by the British, and the counts of survivors stored in the German archives, out of 1,083 passengers, only 113 were rescued by the ships of the convoy, 970 passengers always remained at the bottom of the Baltic Sea.
Karlsruhe searched for over a year
According to them, the divers who managed to find the ship, among the wreckage in the hold of the ship were found many relics of the World War II – military equipment, transport, porcelain and sealed chests, every relics were found in good condition.
As the group Baltictech reported on Facebook, posting an underwater photo of apparently well-preserved military equipment and chests:
“It looks like after months of searching we finally found the wreckage on the Karlsruhe Pass.”
The divers said they got access to documents from the Allies, Germany and the USSR, which described in detail the fate of the steamer Karlsruhe, and spent more than a year searching for it, believing that this is one of the “most interesting, but not disclosed stories of the Second World War from the bottom of the Baltic Sea “.