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Ships - Asnieres
Asnieres, a French barque, was captured and sunk by SMS SeaGull in the morning of January 2, 1917, 460 miles north northeast of the Island of Fernando de Noronha, in the South Atlantic.
Asnieres was a French four-mastd steel sailing barque built by Forges et Chantiers de la Mediterranee, Graville-Havre, France. She was launched on June 7, 1902 for La Compagnie Maritime Francaise, Le Havre. In 1916 she was purchased by Societe Generale d'Armement, Nantes. She was 312 feet in length, 3,103 tons and rigged with royal sails over double top and topgallant sails.
Asnieres was named for the city of Asnieres-sur-Seine in France.
At the time of capture, her captain was Ernest Ybert with a crew of 28. She sailed from Bahia Blanca, Argentina on November 29, 1916 for Pauillac, France carrying 64,381 bags (4,033 tons) of wheat. The ship was in the service of the French government.
On January 12, 1917 the captain and crew were transferred to the captured Japanese steamship Hudson Maru. They sailed for Pernambuco, Brazil, arriving four days later. On January 19, her captain and crew sailed on the Brazilian steamship Minas Gerais for Bahia, Brazil, arriving January 21. The crew then sailed for Bordeaux, France.
Pernambuco is now known as Recife, Brazil.
Earlier in the war captain Ybert and most of his crew sailed the four-masted barque Ville Du Havre. On March 7, 1916, they were stopped by the German submarine U-32, the crew took to the lifeboats and the ship was sunk by gunfire.
RELATED WEB SITES:
Corsaire Allemand Life as a prisoner on SeaGull in French.
DIARIO DE PERNAMBUCO, by Capitaine Carmene, Commandant du Nantes.
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