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Cap Arcona

Troop Ship




Cap Arcona Troop Ship

Service Data

In Service: 29 October 1927 to 3 May 1945

Production Data

Ordered:
Builder: Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
Construction No:
Laid down: 1926
Launched: 14 May 1927
Commissioned: 29 October 1927

Technical Data

Type: Troop Ship/Passenger liner
Class:

Displacement: 27,561
Length: 205.9 m
Beam: 25.8 m
Draft: 12.8 m
Propulsion: 2 × steam turbines
Propellers: 2
Speed: 20 knots
Range:
Crew: 475 men and officers 1,315 passengers
Armament:
Armour
Aircraft:
Electronics:
Operators: Kriegsmarine
Variants:

Other: Troop Ships
Articles:

History



Career

1940
The troop ship Cap Arcona is taken over by the Kriegsmarine.

1945
The troop ship Cap Arcona is used in Operation Hannibal to transport 25,795 German soldiers and civilians from East Prussia to western Germany.

3 May 1945
The troop ship Cap Arcona is sunk by an RAF attack 16 sailors, 400 SS, and 20 SS women helpers were rescued.

1949
The troop ship Cap Arcona is raised and broken up, and scrapped.

Commanders



Gallery

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Sources

German Warships, 1815-1945: Major Surface Vessels.
ISBN-10: 0851775330

German Warships, 1815-1945: U-boats and Mine Warfare Vessels.
ISBN-10: 155750301X

German warships of the Second World War.
ISBN-10: 0668040378

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