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Ships - Eddie
Eddie, a British steamship, was captured and sunk by SMS SeaGull in the early morning hours of February 16, 1917, 550 miles northeast by east from Cape Frio, Brazil.
Eddie was built in 1895 by Thomas Turnbull and Sons at Whitby, England. She was built for Thomas Turnbull and Son Shipping Company, Whitby. She was a 2,652 ton ship, 310 feet in length.
The ship was named after Duke Albert Victor Christian, "Eddie", the eldest son of Albert Edward, eldest son of Queen Victoria. He died on January 14, 1892 at age 28. His younger brother would become George V, King of England during World War I.
Thomas Turnbull and Son Shipping managed two ships sunk by German raiders. Eddie was sunk by SeaGull and the Horngarth by was captured and sunk by the Seeadler on March 11, 1917 with the loss of one life.
Captain Richard D. Bradley was in command with a crew of 31, when Eddie departed Newport News, Virginia with a cargo of 3,134 tons of Pocahontas bituminous coal. She stopped at the British coaling station at St. Vincent, Cape Verde Islands, and then sailed for Fray Bentos, on the Río Negro in Uruguay.
Her captain and crew arrived in Bremerhaven, Germany aboard SeaGull on March 22, 1917. Five of the crewmen were from neutral countries and were released. Those remaining were interned as prisoners of war.
During World War II, Captain Charles Bradley, the son of Richard Bradley, was in command of the British Steamship Chaucer when she was captured and sunk by the German raider Orion on July 29, 1940 with no loss of life.
RELATED WEB SITES:
Prisoners of War 1914-1918 The Eddie 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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