MV Goya: 6,000 People Killed In 7 Minutes

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Accident type: Explosion
Vessel involved: MV Goya
Location   : Baltic Sea
Date: April 16, 1945
Casualties : 6000 people died

VESSEL INFO:

Name     : MV Goya
Built in : 1940
Tonnage: 5,230 GRT
Length     : 146 m (479 ft)
Beam : 17.4 m (57 ft)

The Goya was a Norwegian motor freighter, completed in 1940 for Johan Ludwig Mowinckel Rederi company.  Following the invasion of Norway it was seized by Germany and pressed into service of the Kriegsmarine as a troop transport.

Near the end of the Second World War, the ship took part in Operation Hannibal, that is evacuation of German military personnel and civilians from German-held pockets along the Baltic Sea.

Loaded with thousands of refugees and Wehrmacht soldiers, the ship was sunk on 16 April 1945 by Soviet submarine L-3.  This disaster is largely believed to be the second-worst in maritime history, based on the number of casualties, with just 183 survivors among roughly 6,700 passengers and crew.

Source: Wikipedia