Wreck Baron Gautsch

The war caught the Austrian Merchant fleet by surprise, but not unprepared.

The ships that were transporting otherwise cheerful summer visitors along the Adriatic coast to the emerging resorts, luxury liners, who received the quick connections between Trieste and the major ports of the Mediterranean upright, the line of steamers, which worried the regular movement of overseas and rich and poor alike sure, although with quite different convenience, brought to their destination: They all took almost overnight a new task.

Merchant ship officers and pilots were in the service of the Navy, almost all of them were reserve officers.

The ships were given a coat of paint, Whitch should make them invisible, or at least less visible: white ships, cruise music, and festive meals, all of this glory was now gone.

At five in the afternoon clock  with a smooth sea and sunshine, the vessel  sank, belonging to the Austrian Lloyd 'Baron Gautsch' on the way back from Cattaro to Trieste in the vicinity of Rovinj.

Of the more than 500 passengers embarked after,  drowned about 330, mostly women and children.

The ship went by mistake off course by the second officer’s and  got into the minefield of their own navy and hit a mine. At approximately 15.45  a  clock in the afternoon there was a sudden violent crash. The ship made a strong jolt, so that many people fell to the ground.

A panick situation accurded. Everybody  went to the lifeboats, several of which could not be lowered because the ropes where  involved, and it was difficult to raise for the already overcrowded boats .

Therefore, many jumped into the sea where they were saved by torpedo boats. Within seven minutes the ship quickly sank to the left side. According to the passengers  the ship’s crew had little interest to rescue the passengers, and took their own safety first. The first rescue boat had been largely occupied by the crew.

The victims

Of the over 500 passengers and 66 crew were rescued 190 people, 68 found dead, drowned The rest of  the bodies were never  found. Was there carelessness or sloppiness in the game? Who would  decide  that today.

The people who died on the  'Baron Gautsch' rest today at the naval cemetery at the former main naval port of Pula, in addition to the dead sailors, NCOs and officers of the Navy. You  should remember them, during a holiday on the Adriatic before they  will be gone forever to the ravages of time.

The wreck today

Now the 'Baron Gautsch' is one of the finest wrecks in the Adriatic. It is located 35 minutes from our dive center. Our Croatia Colleges Sinisa has discoverred this some years ago.

Wreck Baron Gautsch | Dive center Scuba Rovinj | Istrien

The wreck is blocked by the Croatian government for divers. We are one of the few dive centers that have a license to dive into this cultural monument. A dive to the 'Baron Gautsch' is certainly one of the most beautiful experiences of our time. But not only the 'Baron Gautsch' invites you to dive. We offer many other wrecks that have a diver's heart beat faster.

Text  Source: Internet

Baron Gautsch's secret

It's hard to find a major tragedy in the Mediterranean.

It's even harder to come up with a more mysterious and controversial story about a lost and rediscovered wreck.

It is impossible to find a better symbol of the fall of a great empire.

This is the story of the Austro-Hungarian Titanic, the enviable ocean liner of the Imperial Navy.

A story that coincided with the beginning of World War I and is still not over.

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