How many people died on the Cap Arcona?

How many people died on the Cap Arcona?

Cap Arcona’s final use was as a prison ship. In May 1945 she was heavily laden with prisoners from Nazi concentration camps when the Royal Air Force bombed her, killing about 5,000 people; with more than 2,000 further casualties in the sinkings of the accompanying vessels of the prison fleet, Deutschland and Thielbek.

Where did the Cap Arcona sink?

Bay of Lubeck
It was 75 years ago tomorrow on May 3, 1945, that the liner Cap Arcona was sunk by RAF fighter bombers in the Bay of Lubeck in the Baltic Sea.

Where is the Bay of Lubeck?

Bay of Lübeck
River sources Elbe, Trave
Ocean/sea sources Baltic Sea
Basin countries Germany
Settlements Lübeck

Was the Wilhelm Gustloff bigger than the Titanic?

Choose either number, in fact, and the result is the same: even with 1,200 survivors picked up by rescue vessels, the sinking of Wilhelm Gustloff was the worst disaster in maritime history, at least four times bigger, in terms of human life, than the sinking of the Titanic.

What is the city of Lubeck famous for?

Lübeck is famous for having been the cradle and the de facto capital of the Hanseatic League. Its city centre is Germany’s most extensive UNESCO World Heritage Site.

What German state is Lubeck in?


Lübeck, in full Hansestadt Lübeck (“Hanseatic City of Lübeck”), city and major seaport, Schleswig-Holstein Land (state), northern Germany. It is located on the Trave and Wakenitz rivers, about 9 miles (14 km) from the Baltic Sea.

What is the largest sunken ship?

  • (CNN) — The world’s deepest known shipwreck, a World War II US Navy destroyer, has been fully mapped and filmed by a US-based crew.
  • The ship, the USS Johnston, is at a depth of 21,180 feet (about 6,500 meters) in the Philippine Sea.

Who was on the German ship Cap Arcona?

Docked in the Bay of Lubeck were the German ships Cap Arcona, Theilbek, and Athen. Below deck, they held nearly 10,000 prisoners in filthy and inhumane conditions. The majority were Jews who had just been moved from Neuengamme, Mittelbau-Dora and Stutthof concentration camps following the suicide of Adolf Hitler.

Where was the RAF during the Cap Arcona disaster?

The end of WWII was only days away, yet the RAF carried out the Nazis dirty work for them during the Cap Arcona disaster. Docked in the Bay of Lubeck were the German ships Cap Arcona, Theilbek, and Athen.

Who was sentenced to death for the Cap Arcona disaster?

The only markings on the otherwise nameless gravestones was a number and a Star of David. The commander of the Neuengramme Camp, where many of those killed during the Cap Arcona disaster had been imprisoned, was sentenced to death after the Nuremberg trials. So were many of his subordinates.

What was the name of the ship that collided with the Agen?

Cap Polonio was laid up in 1931 and scrapped in 1935, leaving Cap Arcona as Hamburg Süd’s sole prestige ship on its South American route. On 6 October 1932 Cap Arcona collided with the French cargo ship Agen in the North Sea off the Elbe 4 Lightship.