The Wilhelm Gustloff sank after being hit by Russian torpedoes on Jan. 30, 1945. More than 9,000 people died.
30 January 1945 – nine hours after leaving port, the Wilhelm Gustloff was sunk in the Baltic sea by a Russian submarine . Over a thousand were rescued but… an estimated 9,343 people died, half of them children – six times the 1,517 that died on the Titanic. It remains the biggest maritime disaster in history.
German Liner Wilhelm Gustloff, 1945 Date of Ship Wreck: 1945. Place of Wreck: The Wreckage took place near the northern Poland. Goods carried: It was war ship, armed and loaded with highly powerful and deadly weapons of its time. Cause of Wreck: The Russian Submarine was the slayer of the German liner Wilhelm Gustloff. Loss of Human Life: 10,000 people were jammed onboard the ship, with a mere 900 or so rescued from the frigid waters, making it the greatest loss of human life in…
The Sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff: Deadliest Sea Disaster (44 minutes) - YouTube
The Wilhelm Gustloff was named after a man considered by some during the time to be a German martyr. Wilhelm Gustloff had been the leader of the NSDAP in Switzerland and he was assassinated in 1936. His name was chosen for the largest liner of the KdF fleet and in 1937 when it was launched, his widow christened the bow on its maiden voyage. The Gustloff was launched as the flag ship for the entire KdF fleet, of which there were a great number of ships both large and small, many of which…
A Memorial To The Wilhelm Gustloff
Heinz Schön, the survivor of the greatest naval disaster of all time and his last will to be buried at the wreck of the Wilhelm Gustloff
"Wilhelm Gustloff" was a German luxury liner converted as a troop/hospital ship. In the final days of WW2 the ship was being used to evacuate soldiers and civilians, as well as many wounded from the Russian onslaught. Overloaded with people desperate to escape, the ship was torpedoed by the Russians three times and sank in freezing water in 45 minutes. As many as 10,000 people died and this ranks as the worst maritime disaster in history. Bodies floated up on shore for weeks after the…