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Baltictech Group conducted an inventory of the Goya wreck

Listen to this article Last week, the Balictech Group unveiled photographs taken during an inventory of the wreck of the German transport ship Goya in July. Thewreck of a German vessel is one of the most interesting in the Polish part of the Baltic Sea. This is due to its tragic history, a large number
Published: August 16, 2021 - 09:00
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 23:04
Baltictech Group conducted an inventory of the Goya wreck
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Last week, the Balictech Group unveiled photographs taken during an inventory of the wreck of the German transport ship Goya in July.

Thewreck of a German vessel is one of the most interesting in the Polish part of the Baltic Sea. This is due to its tragic history, a large number of artefacts and a good state of preservation. During the dive, the Baltictech group conducted an inventory of the wreck and collected photographic and film documentation. It was also possible to come across interesting artefacts, such as a motorcycle and a tragic history. ship’s bell and a motorbike.

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The Goya is unfortunately not available for divers. The wreck has been given the status of a war grave in Poland and, therefore, diving is completely prohibited. Therefore, such an opportunity as the inventory of the wreck is one of the very few chances to be able to see and examine it.

After a two-year break we managed to complete the inventory of the Goya wreck. It is the most spectacular wreck in our part of the Baltic Sea. It is still very well preserved, although its upper parts, especially the superstructure, have already suffered a lot of degradation, the roof rests only on the telegraph and the steering wheel. The bones and many artifacts remain intact.

During the dive, the Baltictech group conducted not only an inventory of the Goya wreck. It was also a great opportunity to collect film material for the next episode of the documentary series about the Baltic shipwrecks. The emission of subsequent episodes, which present the wrecks of vessels resting on the bottom of the Baltic Sea, will be held already in autumn.

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We managed to discover a bell in the mess hall and binoculars on the deck, everything remained intact on the wreck, just like the Zundapp DB250 motorbike, which lies peacefully on the bow deck. During our dive we filmed another episode about Baltic wrecks, which will be aired in October on Canal+.

German motor transport vessel Goya

MS Goya was a German motor transport ship built in 1940. The vessel measured 130 metres long and 17 metres wide. The ship was used during the evacuation of German civilians and soldiers from East Prussia and Danzig against the Red Army advancing from the east.

The sinking of the Goya is, in terms of casualties, the second greatest maritime tragedy in history. More people died only aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, which the Germans also used in the Hannibal evacuation operation.

Photo: Tomasz Stachura

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Tomasz Andrukajtis
Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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