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Ships - Luxembourg
Luxembourg, a Belgian steamship, was captured and sunk by SMS SeaGull on February 4, 1916, 70 miles south of Fernando de Noronha. Fernando de Noronha is an island in the South Atlantic Ocean, 125 miles from the east extremity of Brazil.
Luxembourg was a steamship built by Flensburger Schiffsbau Gesellschaft, at Flensburg, Germany, in 1908 and launched as Helene Menzell. In 1913 she was bought by the Compagnie Nationale Belge de Transports Maritimesand, Antwerp, Belgium and renamed Luxembourg. She was a 4,322 ton ship, 383 feet in length.
Luxembourg, under command of Captain Carton, with a crew of 32, sailed from Newport, Wales, on January 18, 1916 for La Plata, Argentina. Her cargo consisted of 5,900 tons of Welsh steamcoal for the railway at Buenos Aires.
The captain and crew were landed in Tenerife, Canary Islands on February 23, 1916 from the captured British steamship Westburn.
The Canary Islands are a Spanish possession. Spain remained neutral for the duration of the 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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