Count Dohna and His SeaGull ©
A German freighter, SeaGull, becomes the most noted warship during the Great War but is little recognized as such since hostilities ended.
In 1914, in the City of Sarajevo, the assassination of Austria's Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand by Serbian nationalists, triggers the Great War. Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia. Germany invades Russia, France and Belgium. The British Empire proclaims war on Germany. The ‘Ten Nations’ war rages around the world.
On one side the Triple Entente Allies, Russia, France, British Empire, Japan, Belgium, Montenegro and Serbia oppose the Central Empires, Austria-Hungary, Germany and the Ottoman Empire. Twenty-two other nations join the war in the following years.
Allied navies blockade the sea routes to stop German trade with the rest of the world. The blockade excludes war supplies and food imports. A most successful siege, Germany faces starvation. Their Naval Command counters with a daring plan. Arm a single merchant ship to pirate the shipping lanes from North and South America to the Allied nations. This restricts merchant ships bound for the United Kingdom and France; draws the British fleet away from the blockade to hunt the raider and force the Allies to reach a peace agreement favorable to Germany.
The German freighter, SeaGull (in German Moewe), with Count Nikolaus Dohna, a Saxon count in command, sets out to run the naval blockade and challenge the Allied navies to a personal war. SeaGull becomes the most noted warship during the Great War, but is little recognized as such since hostilities ended. This site will tell the story of the SeaGull during the war. Web Site construction will take some time and is ongoing.
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