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Ships - Horace

Horace, a British steamship, was captured and sunk by SMS SeaGull early in the morning of February 9, 1916, 610 miles north northeast from Pernambuco. Pernambuco is now known as Recife, Brazil.

Horace was a British steamship built in 1895 by D. and W. Henderson at Glasgow, Scotland. She was owned by the Liverpool, Brazil and River Plate Steam Navigation Company, Liverpool, England. She was operated by the Lamport and Holt Line, Liverpool. She was a 3,335 ton ship, 350 feet in length.
Ships of the Lamport and Holt Line were named for poets.
This was the first of two ships operated by the Lamport and Holt Line to be sunk by SeaGull. Voltaire was captured and sunk on December 2, 1916. Two ships of the line were sunk by the German Cruiser Karlsruhe. Cervantes sunk October 8, 1914 and Vandyk sunk October 26, 1914.
Captain D. William Hughes was in command with a crew of 38 when Horace sailed from Buenos Aires, Argentina, on January 26, 1916 for Liverpool, England. She had a cargo of 4,000 tons including alcohol, antimony, benzene, corn, cotton, meat, oil and wool.
The captain and 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.
The Canary Islands are a Spanish possession. Spain remained neutral for the duration of the war.
Horace was the second ship under Captain Hughes lost to German surface ships during the war. He was in command of Cervantes when she was captured and sunk by the German cruiser Karlsruhe on October 8, 1914.

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