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Ships - Author
Author, a British steamship, was captured and sunk by SMS SeaGull in the afternoon of January 13, 1916, 225 miles north by 1/2 north from Lisbon, Portugal.
Author was a British steamship built by Charles Connell and Company, Glasgow, Scotland. She was launched for the Charente Steam Ship Company, Liverpool, England in 1905 and was managed by Thomas and James Harrison, Liverpool. She was a 3,490 ton ship, 350 feet in length.
Harrison line lost four ships to German raiders during the war. SeaGull sank Author, Dramatist and Governor. Diplomat was captured and sunk by Emden on September 13, 1914. In all Harrison line lost 27 ships during the war.
Captain Ralph T. Yeates was in command with a crew of 57 when Author sailed from London, England on January 8, 1916. She carried 5,000 tons of general cargo bound for Beira in Portuguese East Africa with several stops along the way. Also in the cargo were four thoroughbred racehorses and a bulldog.
Captain Yeates and 10 crewmen arrived at Hampton Roads, Virginia on February 1, aboard the English liner Appam. They sailed from Norfolk on the Old Dominion steamer Jefferson, arriving in New York on the 4th. They departed on the White Star liner Baltic for Liverpool, England on February 10.
The remaining 47 crewmembers were on SeaGull when she sailed into Wilhelmshaven, Germany on March 4, 1916. These seamen were not treated as prisoners of war and were free to leave or work for the German Navy.
The bulldog was on SeaGull when she sailed into Wilhelmshaven.
Portuguese East Africa is now known as Mozambique.
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