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Ships - Governor
Governor, a British steamship, was captured and sunk by SMS SeaGull in the early afternoon of March 14, 1917, 930 miles west 1/4 south from Fastnet, Ireland.
Governor was built in 1915 by D. and W. Henderson and Company at Glasgow, Scotland. She was built for the Charente Steam Ship Company, Liverpool, England and was managed by Thomas and James Harrison, Liverpool. She was a 5,524 ton ship, 410 feet in length.
Harrison line lost four ships to German raiders during the war. SeaGull sank Author, Dramatist and Governor. Diplomat was captured and sunk by Emden on September 13, 1914.
Captain M. G. Packe was in command when Governor departed Liverpool, England sailing for Halifax, Canada on March 9, 1917. She was in ballast as there was nothing much to export from the United Kingdom. The ship was in the service of the British Admiralty and armed with a 12-cm gun mounted at the stern.
In July of 1916, the 12-cm gun had been fired at what was believed to be a German submarine. Captain Packe stated the submarine was definately hit and may have been sunk. The German records contain nothing to support these claims.
Three Governor crewmembers were killed during the capture. Her captain and 41 surviving crewmen arrived in Bremerhaven, Germany aboard SeaGull on March 22, 1917. They were interned as prisoners of war.
The German Naval records list the name of this ship as Govenor.
In remembrance of the 3 souls lost while serving aboard Governor, on March 14, 1917.
RELATED WEB SITES:
Prisoners of War 1914-1918 The Governor captain and crew listed as POWs.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Memorial to the UK soldiers and sailors lost in the Great War.
DER MOEWE FAHRTEN UND UBENTEUER, by Graf zu Dohna.
BLOCKADEBRECHER, by Otto Mielke.
NAVAL OPERATIONS: Official History of the WWI, VOLUME IV, by Henry Newbolt.
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