The 'Orion' was an
auxiliary cruiser converted for trade war.
At the beginning of
1945 the ship was used to carry refugees and wounded
from the eastern territories of Germany to the west.
On 4 May 1945 the
vessel was on the trip to Copenhagen. In addition of the
booths every passages and the entire upper deck were
overcrowded with women, children and wounded members of
In addition, 500
crew members of the cruiser 'Schlesien' were taken in,
rescued from their sinking ship.
Off Swinemünde the
vessel was bombed and sunk.
Only about 150 of
more than 4,000 refugees on board survived the attack.