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Google Earth Plug-in: WILHELM GUSTLOFF - The greatest sea tragedy of all time January, 30th 1945

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The Wilhelm Gustloff was a passenger ship built by the Blohm and Voss shipyards, and was named after the assassinated Nazi political activist, Wilhelm Gustloff. It was launched on May 5, 1937. On a mission to help evacuate Germans trapped by the Red Army in East Prussia, it was hit by three torpedoes from a Soviet submarine in the Baltic Sea on the night of January 30, 1945. The sinking remains the worst disaster in maritime history ó it left over 9,000 people dead, more than half of them children.

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