The burning ship
On 3 May 1945,
shortly before the end of the Second World War, there
occured a terrible ship tragedy.
The 'Cap Arcona' was
one of the luxury liner of the Hamburg-South America
In 1944 the ship was
used for transporting refugees from East Prussia to the
west as well as for evacuating inmates of the Neuengamme
The ship was
anchored in the Bay of Neustadt together with the
steamer 'Deutschland' which was converted into a
hospital ship. About 10,000 prisoners were already
aboard the refugee ship as they were attacked by a
British bomber squadron with bombs, rockets and guns.
The first ship burning out was the 'Deutschland'.
In a second wave 40
rockets hit the 'Cap Arcona' turning the ship from stern
to minship into a blazing inferno. Thousands of people
were burnt alive. After an explosion inside the ship the
huge vessel capsized and sank.
Even the survivors
floating in the water were attacked by canons. More than
7,000 people died, most of them evacuated prisoners, only a few days
before the end of the war.