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Ships - Flamenco
Flamenco, a British steamship, was captured and sunk by SMS SeaGull in the morning of February 6, 1916, 310 miles northeast by north from Pernambuco. Pernambuco is now known as Recife, Brazil.
Flamenco was a British cargo liner built in 1906 by Sir James Laing and Sons, Sunderland, England. She was owned by the Pacific Steam Navigation Company, Liverpool, England. She was a 4,540 ton ship, 390 feet in length. She was equipped with wireless.
The word Flamenco when translated from Spanish means "Flemmish" refering to the people of Flanders, Belgium.
This was the first of two ships of the Pacific Steam Navigation Company to be sunk by SeaGull. Esmeraldas was captured and sunk on March 9, 1917.
Captain Norman Martorell was in command of a crew of 51 when Flamenco sailed from Newport, Wales, on January 21, 1916 with a cargo of 4,000 tons of coal bound for Valparaiso, Chile.
After abandoning Flamenco, one of the lifeboats capsized and a fireman was drowned. The captain and 15 crewmembers 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 3.
Thirty-five crewmembers were on SeaGull when she sailed into Wilhelmshaven on March 4, 1916. They were not treated as prisoners of war and were free to leave or work for the German Navy.
The Canary Islands are a Spanish possession. Spain remained neutral for the duration of the war.
In remembrance of the soul lost while serving aboard Flamenco, on February 6, 1916.
RELATED WEB SITES:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Memorial to the UK soldiers and sailors lost in the Great War.
SEA KILLERS IN DISGUISE, by Tony Bridgland.
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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