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Ships - Duchess Of Cornwall
Duchess Of Cornwall, a Canadian owned tern schooner, was captured and sunk by SMS SeaGull in the early morning of December 8, 1916, 620 miles west 3/4 south from Fastnet, Ireland.
Duchess of Cornwall was a British registered wooden-hulled tern schooner, built by M. Nash in 1901 at Burgeo, Newfoundland for Robert Moulton Limited. She was of 152 tons, 105 feet in length and in 1916 owned by J. T. Moulton Limited, a fish transporter. A fore-and-aft rigged three-mast schooner, like the Duchess, is known as a tern schooner.
Captain Thomas Gunnery was in command, with a crew of 5, when Duchess Of Cornwall departed St. John's, Newfoundland. She was sailing for Gibraltar with a cargo of 224 tons of salted, dried fish, most likely Labrador cod.
On December 12, her captain and crew were transferred to the captured British ship Yarrowdale and arrived at Swinemuende, Germany on December 31, 1916. They were interned as prisoners of war.
RELATED WEB SITES:
Newfoundland's Grand Banks Site
The details of the Duchess.
Prisoners of War 1914-1918 The Duchess Of Cornwall captain and crew listed as POWs.
KRIEGSFAHRTEN DEUTSCHER HILFSKREUZER, by Hermann Albert Karl Jung.
Hermann A. K. Jung was the Gunnery Officer on the SeaGull.
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