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Ships - Maroni
Maroni, a French steamship, was captured and sunk by SMS SeaGull on February 22, 1916, in the Atlantic, northeast of the Portuguese Azores.
Maroni was a French steamship built by Chantiers et Ateliers de Provence at Port de Bouc, France and launched on December 8, 1908. She was owned by the Compagnie Generale Transatlantique (better known as the French Line) of La Havre, France and was 314 feet long, of 3,109 tons register with a service speed of 12 knots. In 1913 she was equipped with refrigerated cargo spaces to add a limited capacity to carry bananas.
About a third of the French Line fleet was lost during the war.
The Maroni River formed the boundary between Dutch Guiana and French Guiana in South America.
Under command of Captain David, Maroni sailed on February 19, 1916 from Bordeaux, France for New York. She carried 2,000 tons of cargo including cheese, cork, eggs, oil, prepared mustard, seeds and wine. The wine, a 1,000 cases of Pommery Champagne was the first cargo loaded in the hold and covered by other goods was not accessible to the German prize crew. Some of the cheese and eggs were transfered to the SeaGull.
The captain and crew of 32 were on SeaGull when she sailed into Wilhelmshaven, Germany on March 4, 1916. They were interned as prisoners of war.
RELATED WEB SITES:
French Line, Details on the Maroni.
SEA KILLERS IN DISGUISE, by Tony Bridgland.
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