A WWII ship that divers thought might contain the legendary amber chamber has been found at the bottom of the Baltic sea.
In April 1945, the wreck of the German cruiser Karlsruhe was discovered off the Polish coast by divers scouring the area in search of a submerged ship.
Tomáz Stachura from the Baltichek diving group investigating the Baltic wreck said: ‘It seems after months of searching, we finally got into the Karlsruhe steamer wreck.
A WWII ship that divers thought might contain the legendary amber chamber has been found at the bottom of the Baltic sea
The Amber Room (painted in Russia in 1917), filled with amber, gold, and precious gems, was looted by the Nazis in 1941 and its contents mysteriously vanished in 1945
‘We have been searching for this ship for over a year.
The shipwreck was found under the Baltic Sea several dozen kilometers north of Ustaka.
It rests at a depth of 88 meters (290 ft). It is practically intact. In its grip, we discovered military vehicles, porcelain and many boxes with hitherto unknown materials. ‘
He said the discovery ‘may provide information about the disappearance of the legendary Amber Chamber.
‘It was in Königsberg that the Amber Chamber was last seen.
In April 1945 the wreck of the German cruiser Karlsruhe was discovered off the Polish coast by divers in search of a submerged ship.
The ship brought 1,083 refugees and 360 tons of cargo and has been lying 290 feet underwater for decades
Divers have discovered military vehicles, porcelain and many boxes with hitherto unknown materials.
The ship was found several dozen kilometers north of Ustaka under the Baltic Sea
‘From there Karlsruh set out on his last voyage with great cargo.’
For three centuries, the Amber Room, sometimes called the eighth wonder of the world, stood in the royal Catherine Palace near St. Petersburg.
Covering more than 590 square feet and containing more than 6 tons of amber, it was destroyed by German troops during the occupation of the USSR.
In 1941, the Amber Room was put in storage in the then East Prussian city of Königsberg (now Kaliningrad), and then disappeared.
The divers found the wreckage at a depth of 88 meters and stated that most of it was practically intact
Searchers say the ship was in Koinsburg when the Amber Room was last seen
Karlsruhe participated in Operation Hannibal, a German naval operation involving the evacuation of German soldiers and civilians from the sea
The ship is not to be confused with Karlsruhe, which was also recently discovered off the coast of Norway, which sank in 1940
Tomáš Zvára from Baltitec said: ‘History and available documents show that Carlsruhe was leaving the harbor in a great hurry and with a large load’
Divers now believe that the 196-foot-long Karlsruhe, which was used toward the end of the war, which was then East Prussia, was used to evacuate the Germans.
The ship is not to be confused with Karlsurhe which was also recently discovered off the coast of Norway, which sank in 1940.
Baltichtek’s Statura told the Polish media: ‘German steamer Karlsueh, followed by Gustloff, Goi and Stuben, another unit participating in Operation Hannibal, set out on its final voyage from Pilava on 12 April 1945 and the last before leaving Krolwiec Was a ship. The Russians took it.
The remains of the amber room after being seized by the Nazis, who packed amber panels in 27 boxes and sent them to Germany, where they disappeared and have not been seen since
She brought with her 1,083 refugees and 360 tons of goods. She set out on her last journey under a strong escort.
‘On April 13, 1945, morning sunrise occurred. Only 113 people survived.
‘We don’t want to get excited, but if the Germans were to take the Amber Chamber across the Baltic Sea, the Carlsruhe steamer was their last chance….’
Tomáš Zvára from Baltitec said: ‘History and available documentation shows that Carlsruhe was leaving the port in a great hurry and with a large load […] All this together stimulates the imagination. ‘
Story of Amber Room looted by Nazis
The Amber Room was originally a gift to Peter the Great (pictured)
The amber room was originally considered an amber cabinet, a gift from Friedrich-Wilhelm I of Prussia to Peter the Great, who praised the work in 1716 on a visit to his palace.
But instead of a cabinet, it was decided to use the panels as wall coverings, with gold carvings around them, mirrors and still more amber panels.
The room was made of six tons of amber resin panels, which took 10 years to complete and is worth £ 250 million in today’s money.
The 16-ft puzzle-style panels were constructed from more than 100,000 perfectly fitted pieces of amber.
In 1755, it was moved to the Catherine Palace in Serco Cello, 17 miles south of the imperial Russian capital of St. Petersburg.
In 1941, the Nazi army surrounded the city, then known as the Soviet name of Leningrad. Zarco cello was one of the outer areas occupied by the Germans.
The Russians tried to hide the walls behind the wallpaper.
But the Nazis knew what was behind the earthly mantle, and went about finishing the room – a process that took 36 hours.
Believing that the Prussian gift is similar to his, he packed the amber panels in 27 boxes and sent them to Germany.
But the contents of the room disappeared in 1945 and were not seen again.