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Amber Room treasure is NOT on board sunken Nazi warship, divers say

Divers looking a WWII shipwreck in hope of discovering the legendary Amber Room treasures say they’ve come throughout nothing greater than army gear and the non-public possessions of passengers.

The 15-man staff from the Baltictech diving group had been investigating the wreck of the German steamer Karlsruhe which sank in 1945 off the coast of Poland.

Initial observations of the wreck had revealed a number of ‘non-military crates’ in addition to what the divers stated seemed to be the stays of ‘image frames and rotting canvases’.

Pictured: A diver inspects the wreckage of the German vessel The Karlsruhe, which was hoped to comprise the lacking treasure from the Amber Room that was stolen by the Nazis after being raided and looted in 1945

Divers stated on Wednesday that they’d discovered army gear (pictured, a pair of binoculars amongst the wreckage) and personal belongings, however there was no signal of the lost Amber Room treasures

After holding a minute’s silence yesterday in reminiscence of those that died on the ship, the diving staff cast a wreath containing the flags of Germany, Poland and Russia into the Baltic Sea

Pictured: A diver descends all the way down to the depths to look the wreckage of the sunken German vessel within the hope of discovering the fabled Amber Room treasures

The Amber Room was an opulent jewel-studded chamber inbuilt 18th-century Prussia that was put in within the Catherine Palace close to Saint Petersburg, Russia

But after a four-day diving operation the staff stated they’d found no signal of lost art work or treasures, the destiny of which stays unknown.

Posting on social media final evening they stated: ‘The fourth day was devoted to thoroughly checking the bow hold.

‘All the open and damaged chests contained military equipment and the smaller ones were simply private suitcases of refugees from East Prussia.

‘We didn’t touch them, of course, but they made a huge impression nonetheless.

‘Everywhere, scattered shoes, belts and private luggage reminded us that nearly 1,000 people died on the wreck of Karlsruhe.’

The staff added: ‘This evening we have decided to devote a minute’s silence to honouring the victims of the disaster.’

Pictured: One of the divers throughout the seek for the Amber Room treasures. After a four-day diving operation the staff stated they’d found no signal of lost art work or treasures, the destiny of which stays unknown

Pictured: A diver is lowered into the water via a lift in the middle of the expedition’s vessel. Posting on social media last night they said: ‘The fourth day was devoted to thoroughly checking the bow hold. All the open and damaged chests contained military equipment and the smaller ones were simply private suitcases of refugees from East Prussia’

Pictured: Polish divers search for the World War II German cruiser Karlsruhe at the bottom of the Baltic Sea, where they believed the lost treasures of the Amber Room – looted by the Nazis and missing since 1945 – could have be buried 

The 15-man team from the Baltictech diving group had been investigating the wreck of the German steamer Karlsruhe (pictured) which sank in 1945 off the coast of Poland

Pictured: The wreath that was thrown into the water bearing the flags of Germany, Poland and Russia to commemorate the lives lost on board the ship when it sank in 1954

The discovery brings an end to months of speculation after the 196-foot ship was first discovered in September 2020, lying off the coast of Ustka in northwest Poland.

Towards the end of the war, as Hitler’s defeat loomed, the Karlsruhe was used to evacuate Germans in what was called Operation Hannibal from what was then the city of Koenigsberg in East Prussia.

According to the ship’s official cargo documents, there were 360 tonnes of goods on board and 1,083 refugees.

The divers suspected that the Karlsruhe may contain the lost treasure. 

On its final voyage, the ship departed from Koenigsberg and was protected by two minesweeping ships, suggesting there was a large, valuable cargo on board. 

The ship is not to be confused with the Karlsruhe which was also recently discovered off the coast of Norway, which was sunk in 1940.

Speculation that it might contain the legendary Amber Room came after it was revealed that the ship had left the city of Königsberg.

Tomasz Stachura from the Baltictech diving group said at the time of the initial discovery: ‘It was in Königsberg that the Amber Chamber was seen for the last time.

‘From there the Karlsruhe left on its last voyage with a large cargo.’

For three centuries, the Amber Room, which is typically dubbed the eighth surprise of the world, stood within the imperial Catherine Palace close to St Petersburg.

Covering greater than 590 sq ft and containing over 6 tonnes of amber, it was dismantled by German troops throughout the occupation of the USSR.

In 1941, the Amber Room was positioned in storage within the then East Prussian metropolis of Königsberg (now Kaliningrad), after which disappeared.

The group of Polish newbie divers final year discovered the wreck of the Karlsruhe, a German ship which was sank by the Royal Navy in 1945, 289 ft deep and 43 mi from the Polish coastal city of Ustka

Members of the Baltictech diving group are actually starting their search of the shipwreck, cracking open containers and exploring the location for the lost loot

Stachura from Baltictech earlier stated: ‘The German steamer Karlsruhe, which after Gustloff, Goyi and Steuben was one other unit collaborating in Operation Hannibal, set off on her final journey from Pilawa on April 12, 1945 and was the final ship to depart Królewiec earlier than the Russians took it.

‘She introduced 1,083 refugees and 360 tons of cargo together with her. She set off on her final journey below a robust escort.

‘Sunken April 13, 1945 within the morning. Only 113 individuals had been saved.

‘We do not need to get excited, but when the Germans had been to take the Amber Chamber throughout the Baltic Sea, then Karlsruhe Steamer was their final probability… .’

After holding a minute’s silence yesterday in reminiscence of those that died on the ship, the diving staff cast a wreath containing the flags of Germany, Poland and Russia into the Baltic Sea. 

The ship introduced 1,083 refugees and 360 tons of cargo and has been mendacity 290ft underwater for many years

The shipwreck was discovered on the backside of the Baltic Sea a number of dozen kilometers north of Ustka

Divers have found army autos, porcelain and plenty of crates with up to now unknown contents

Divers discovered the shipwreck at a depth of 88 meters and say most of it is virtually intact

Expedition chief Tomek Stachura beforehand advised MailOnline: ‘It was in Koenigsberg that the Amber Chamber was seen for the final time. 

‘If the Germans had been to take the Amber Chamber throughout the Baltic Sea, then the Karlsruhe steamer was their final probability.’  

Divers first used dive robots with cameras to discover the wreck, positioned 289ft beneath the floor, and found quite a few locked cargo packing containers on the ship. 

Stachura stated earlier than the dives there is ‘a one to 2 per cent probability that the room is truly within the quite a few locked packing containers that we noticed over the past dive with robots’.

Historian Piotr Michalik stated: ‘The ship was very closely loaded with 360 tonnes and two minesweepers protected it, so there may have been priceless cargo on board.’  

Stachura had stated that preliminary observations of the wreck had revealed a number of ‘non-military crates’ in addition to what seems to be the stays of ‘image frames and rotting canvases’. 

The Amber Room was assembled in Russia’s Catherine Palace close to St Petersburg and stood there for 3 centuries, nevertheless it was dismantled by German troops throughout their ill-fated invasion of the USSR.

In 1941, the Amber Room’s contents had been positioned in storage in Koenigsberg – now a Russian metropolis often called Kaliningrad – after which disappeared when Hitler’s regime fell to ruins in 1945.

The wreck was discovered mendacity 288ft beneath the Baltic in September final year by the Baltictech divers.

A hoop-shaped object is displayed on the display after divers carried out a survey of the ocean flooring following the invention of the Karlsruhe, a wrecked German steamer, earlier this year 

A clue to the Amber Room thriller? A display exhibits a man-made object on the ground of the Baltic Sea the place divers trying to find the long-lost treasures say {that a} sonar survey has revealed chests and different objects mendacity round a wrecked Nazi ship 

The wreck of the German cruiser Karlsruhe was found off the Polish coast by divers exploring the world searching for the ship which was sunk in April 1945

The explorers say that the ship was in Königsberg across the time the Amber Room was final seen

The ship is to not be confused with the Karlsruhe which was additionally not too long ago found off the coast of Norway, which was sunk in 1940

Tomasz Zwara from Baltictech added: ‘The historical past and accessible documentation present that the Karlsruhe was leaving the port in an awesome hurry and with a big load’

Stachura stated on the time: ‘It is virtually intact. In its holds, we found army autos, porcelain and plenty of crates with contents nonetheless unknown.’  

Stachura added that because the individuals who died on the ship had been German residents, Germany may declare the location a sea grave, which might make it unlawful to disturb it. 

After discovering the wreck, the divers later stated it was too deep to salvage, saying that ‘we began the story however now it is as much as another person to complete it’.  

In 2015, Poland was hit with Gold Train fever after explorers within the city of Walbrzych stated they’d discovered a tunnel which they believed was laden with looted Nazi treasure.

But after weeks of hype and hypothesis, when the explorers finally started digging they found the tunnel was empty.

The episode has led to a normal wariness surrounding claims of stolen World War II treasure being found, with authorities wanting ‘actual proof’ to assist the claims somewhat than rumours.  

Russian craftsmen have since constructed a duplicate Amber Room within the Catherine Palace, which was accomplished in 2003 after a long time of labor.

The stays of the Amber Room after it was seized by the Nazis, who packed the amber panels in 27 crates and shipped them to Germany, the place they vanished and haven’t been seen since

A reconstruction of the Amber Room was made in 1979 and accomplished on the Catherine Palace in St Petersburg (pictured)

The story of the lacking Amber Room looted by the Nazis

The Amber Room was initially a present to Peter the Great (pictured)

The Amber Room was initially purported to have been an amber cupboard, a present from Friedrich-Wilhelm I of Prussia to Peter the Great, who admired the work on a go to to his citadel in 1716.

But as a substitute of a cupboard, it was determined to make use of the panels as wall coverings, surrounding them with gilded carving, mirrors and but extra amber panels. 

The room was made up of panels containing six tonnes of amber resin, took 10 years to finish and is valued at some £250million in immediately’s money. 

The 16 toes of jigsaw-puzzle type panels had been constructed of greater than 100,000 completely fitted items of amber.

In 1755, it was moved to the Catherine Palace at Tsarkoe Selo, 17 miles south of the Imperial Russian capital of St Petersburg.

In 1941, the approaching Nazi military surrounded the town, then identified by its Soviet title of Leningrad. Tsarkoe Selo was one of many outlying areas occupied by the Germans.

Russians tried to cover the partitions behind wallpaper. 

But the Nazis knew what was behind the mundane masking, and went about dismantling the room – a course of which took 36 hours.  

Believing that the Prussian present rightly belonged to them, they packed the amber panels in 27 crates and shipped them to Germany. 

But the contents of the room vanished in 1945 and haven’t been seen once more.