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GERMAN BLOCKADE RUNNERS - 22 SHIPS

12)GOSLAR




Built: 1929  


Tonnage: 6,040 / 9,860 tons


Cargo: N/A


Dead: 0


Survivors: 54 made POW


Scuttled in the harbour by asylum-seeking German sailors/POWs on May 10, 1940 to prevent it falling into Allied hands.


In late August, 1939, a German radio station at Norddeich transmitted instructions to all captains of German ships "to proceed full speed to the nearest homeport within 4 days or, when that was not possible, to proceed to a port in the nearest neutral country other than the United States." The Goslar sailed from an American port for Surinam, as the Netherlands was neutral at that time, arriving at Paramaribo Sept. 5,1939. As there were no Dutch naval forces at Surinam, she wasn't inspected for 8 months, although her radio had been disabled. Her German captain and crew sought asylum. The crew of 16 German and 38 Chinese were all transported to Bonaire and were detained in a school building.   


Next to these sailors 200 German and Austrian civilians (amongst them also civilians that fled the threat of Nazi Germany, as well as approximately 20 persons that were considered a threat to national security because of being alleged Nazi supporters) were also detained in the same compound.  The wreck has never been removed and remains are still visible in the middle of the river. 



Above a rare photo from SS Goslar listing to starboard side moments before capsizing at Surinam River



The ship's portside seen from another perspective. 



Remains of the German Merchant Goslar at Paramaribo harbor in her final resting place, untouched to day.


 

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