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Ships - Esmeraldas
Esmeraldas, a British steamship, was captured and sunk by SMS SeaGull in the early morning of March 10, 1917, 420 miles west by north from Flores, Portuguese Azores.
Esmeraldas was built in 1906 by Sir James Laing and Sons, Sunderland, England. She was built for Pacific Steam Navigation Company, Liverpool, England. She was a 4,678 ton ship, 390 feet in length. She was built and sailed as a livestock transport ship. She was equipped with wireless.
Esmeraldas is a province in Ecuador and translated from Spanish means "emeralds".
This was the second ship of the Pacific Steam Navigation Company to be sunk by SeaGull. Flamenco was captured and sunk on February 6, 1916.
Captain Francis Wilson Makin was in command, with a crew of 58, when Esmeraldas departed Liverpool, England. Also aboard were 60 passengers. She sailed for Newport News, Virginia in ballast, consigned to collect a cargo of horses. The ship was in the service of the British Admiralty and armed with a 75-mm gun mounted at the stern.
Her captain and crew arrived in Bremerhaven, Germany aboard SeaGull on March 22, 1917. They were interned as prisoners of war. The sixty passengers were from neutral countries and were subsequently released.
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Prisoners of War 1914-1918 The Esmeraldas captain and crew listed as POWs.
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