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Nazi shipwreck could contain Amber Room

Posted on Friday, 2 October, 2020 | Comment icon 6 comments

Does the Amber Room lie off the coast of Poland ? Image Credit: Branson DeCou
A Polish diving team has discovered the final resting place of the missing WWII-era steamer 'Karlsruhe'.
The ship, which was last spotted at the former German port city of Koenigsberg (now Kaliningrad), is of particular interest to historians because of the possibility that it still contains gold and other valuables stolen by the Nazis during their occupation of Europe.

There is even a chance that it could contain the long-lost Amber Room - an extravagant Russian treasure featuring walls adorned with priceless amber panels, gold and pearls.

Regarded as the 8th Wonder of the World, it is now estimated to be worth in excess of $275 million.
According to the diving team who discovered the wreck, there are still several unopened boxes and crates to explore that could contain parts of this long-sought treasure.

The Karlsruhe was one of several vessels involved in evacuating German troops and civilians from East Prussia during the last days of the Second World War.

"We have been looking for the wreckage since last year when we realized there could be the most interesting, undiscovered story lying at the bottom of the Baltic Sea," said diver Tomasz Stachura.

"It is practically intact. In its holds, we discovered military vehicles, porcelain and many crates with contents still unknown."

It will certainly be interesting to see what, if anything, the team finds over the coming months.

Source: Independent | Comments (6)

Tags: Shipwreck

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Still Waters on 2 October, 2020, 11:51
Comment icon #2 Posted by Jon the frog on 2 October, 2020, 12:11
If something could be found, i would prefer to see these crates raised up and put in protected environment than opening them at 500m depth.
Comment icon #3 Posted by skliss on 2 October, 2020, 13:59
I read this yesterday somewhere. Apparently there were two ships with the same name, the warship sunk in 1940 and this passenger ship they just found that was carrying fleeing people from Poland in 1945 or 46. The second is the one they believe might have been carrying the Amber Room as it left from the same city the room was last seen in. Time will tell I guess. Would be a nice "mystery solved" if true.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Eldorado on 2 October, 2020, 14:41
The steamer Karlsruhe: Wrecksite
Comment icon #5 Posted by Still Waters on 2 October, 2020, 18:53
Well that's confusing, two ships with the same name. It looks like my 'related topic' post isn't as related as I thought. Sorry about that and thank you for the info.
Comment icon #6 Posted by HollyDolly on 2 October, 2020, 19:12
This was known as Operation Hannibal.I looked it up on Wikipedia.yes, they were carrying people from Poland, Courland ,etc. It was one of the largest evacuation by sea in history. My grandmother's family the Steldts and relatives lived in Riga and Libau, and there may have been some relatives on mine aboard those ships. My father's cousin Generaloberst Carl Hilpert was commander of Army Group Courland (Kurland in german) .It had been known before as Army Group North, but when they got trapped in a part of Latvia called Courland, the Army Group name was changed to where they were at. Admiral Do... [More]

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