Jan 11 - The Goslar, German cargo ship sunk in WWII, Paramaribo harbour, taken on my flight back to Georgetown
A 6,000 tonne North German Lloyd cargo ship 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 on 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 (a crew of 16 Germans and 38 Chinese).
"On May 10, 1940, war broke out between Germany and the Netherlands, and at 2.30 a.m. the police commissioner approached the ship with a detachment of military and police to arrest the crew. The Germans were given a 1/2 hour to pack, but in that time some crewmembers went below to the engine room and opened the sea-cocks. Without naval or merchant personnel, the Dutch didn't know what to do, and so the Goslar filled with water and settled on the bottom of the river on her starboard side" where she was left as she was and remains today. www.shipstamps.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=6621&a...