german Knöhr & Burchard Nfl. SS Thielbek (+1945)
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general
nationality german
purpose transport
type passenger ship
propulsion steam
date built 1940
status
lifted lifted
details
weight (tons) 2815  grt
dimensions 105 x 14.7 x -- m
engine Compound engine
power  
speed 11  knots
about the loss
cause lost air raid
date lost 03/05/1945  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.2750rank: 18
about people
builder
Orenstein & Koppel Werke, Lübeck (Luebeck)
owner
Knöhr & Burchard Nfl., Hamburg
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entered by Allen Tony
entered 15/08/2008
last update Allen Tony
last update 09/12/2012
 
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Allen Tony16/08/2008Thielbeck SS was a German Cargo Steamer of 2,815 tons anchored in Lubeck Bay along with two other ships, the Deutschland and Athen.

Firing their rockets, the British Typhoons of 184 Squadron from Hustedt attacked first, hitting all three ships.

The Thielbeck was left a smouldering wreck and sank forty-five minutes later. Of the Thielbeck´s 2,800 prisoners, only around 50 were saved.

Many survivors, trying to swim ashore, were mown down mercilessly in the water from machine guns of SS troops stationed on shore. They only rescued those in SS uniform, about 350 at the most.
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Allen Tony10/07/2009Four years after her sinking the Thielbek was refloated and the human remains found on board laid to rest in the "Cap Arcona" cemetery in Neustadt. She was repaired and returned to service, having been renamed Reinbek. In 1961 the Knöhr and Burchard shipping company sold the ship which was then renamed Magdalene and later Old Warrior and sailed under the Panamanian flag before finally being scrapped in 1974 in Split, Yugoslavia.

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