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Ships - Demeterton
Demeterton, a British steamship, was captured and sunk by SMS SeaGull in the afternoon of March 13, 1917, 730 miles east by north from Cape Race, Newfoundland.
Demeterton was built in 1914 by Robert Ropner and Son at Stockton-on-Tees, England. She was built for the Carlton Steam Ship Company and the Camboy Steam Ship Company, Newcastle, England and was managed by R. Chapman and Sons, Newcastle. She was a 6,048 ton ship, 415 feet in length. The ship was in the service of the British Admiralty and armed with a 3-pound gun mounted at the stern.
Captain A. Spencer was in command, with a crew of 36, when Demeterton departed Halifax, Canada sailing for Cherbourg, France, with a cargo of 3,134 tons of timber. The 3-pound gun was taken aboard SeaGull.
Two seamen from neutral countries were released when the steamer arrived in Bremerhaven, Germany aboard SeaGull on March 22, 1917. The captain and remaining crewmen were interned as prisoners of war.
The Carlton Steam Ship Company launched another ship named Demeterton in 1926. During World War II, she was attacked and sunk by the German Cruiser Scharnhorst on March 16, 1941 with her crew made prisoners of war.
Pounder and Pounds
RELATED WEB SITES:
Prisoners of War 1914-1918 The Demeterton captain and crew listed as POWs.
DER MOEWE FAHRTEN UND UBENTEUER, by Graf zu Dohna.
HISTORY OF THE GREAT WAR, Seaborne Operations, by C. Ernest Fayle.
OFFICIAL HISTORY OF THE WAR, The Merchant Navy, by Archibald Hurd.
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