|Photographer:||DDGHANSA [View profile]||Title:||Munchen||Added:||Nov 19, 2019|
|Builder: Cockerill, Hoboken, Belgium
Year of build: 1972 (Yard no. 860)
Owner: HAPAG-LLOYD, Hamburg, Germany
Measures: GRT 37134, DWT 43000, LOA 261,4 m, breadth 32,4 m, draught 11,25 m, 26100 bhp, 18,0 kn
MÜNCHEN (1972 - 1978)
MÜNCHEN was a German barge carrier which went missing in the Atlantic after sending out a distress message on the 12th December 1978. She was on route from Bremen, Germany, for Savannah. 20 lives lost.
The most accepted theory is that one or more freak waves hit MÜNCHEN and damaged her so, that she drifted for 33 hours with a list of 50 degrees without electricity or propulsion. On the evening of December 20 the international search operation officially ended, the West German government and Hapag-Lloyd decided to search for two more days, British and American forces supported them. Altogether 13 aircraft from United Kingdom, United States of America, Portugal and Germany and nearly 80 ships searched for MÜNCHEN or her crew. On February 16 the car transporter Don Carlos salvaged a lifeboat from the starboard side of MÜNCHEN, the last object discovered from her.