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Ships - Edinburgh
Edinburgh, a British sailing bark, was captured and sunk by SMS SeaGull on January 22, 1916, 700 miles west by south 3/4 south from St. Vincent, Cape Verde Islands.
Edinburgh was a three-mast iron sailing bark built by Charles Connell and Company at Glasgow, Scotland in 1885 for Bramwell and Gardiner, London, England. She was a 1,473 ton ship, 241 feet in length and in 1896 purchased by John Stewart and Company, Glasgow.
The John Stewart Line lost two ships during the war. The second was the bark Amulree sunk by gunfire from a German submarine on April 24, 1917 without loss of life.
Captain Samuel W. Burnley, aged 67, was in command with a crew of 19 and two passengers when Edinburgh sailed from Rangoon, British India, on September 22, 1915 for Liverpool, England. She sailed around Cape Horn with a cargo of 2,050 tons of rice flour to be used as animal feed.
The captain, crew and passengers were landed in Tenerife, Canary Islands on February 23, 1916 from the captured British steamship Westburn. On February 28, they sailed on the liner Athenic arriving in London on March 3rd.
The Canary Islands are a Spanish possession. Spain remained neutral for the duration of the war.
Some records report the name of this ship as Edinburgh of Glasgow.
STORY OF THE JOHN STEWART LINE OF SAILING SHIPS 1877-1928, by Alfred G. Course.
A. G. Course crewed on the last voyage of the Edinburgh.
DER MOEWE FAHRTEN UND UBENTEUER, by Graf zu Dohna.
HILFSKREUZER MOEWE, by Otto Mielke, SOS Schicksale Deutscher Schiffe.
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