EMMERICH AM RHEIN, Germany – The 123-year-old wreck of a wooden freighter ship that sank due to a dynamite explosion has become visible on the banks of the Rhine in western Germany due to low water levels.
The waterworn remains of the Dutch vessel “De Hoop” could be seen at the town of Emmerich am Rhein, located some 550 kilometers (342 miles) to the west of Berlin, right next to the border with the Netherlands.
The ship sank in the winter of 1895 after it caught on fire following a powerful explosion on a freighter docked next to it that was laden with dynamite.
According to the city archive of neighboring Kleve, 16 people died that day when the explosive cargo that was being unloaded off the German freighter “Die Elizabeth” detonated.
The wreck generally lies submerged under the water level, but high summer temperatures have caused the mighty river’s waterline to recede, allowing the 19th-century boat to become visible to onlookers perched on the Rhine’s banks.