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Ships - Minieh
Minieh, a British collier, was captured and sunk by SMS SeaGull in the evening of January 9, 1917, 170 miles east northeast from Pernambuco. Pernambuco is now known as Recife, Brazil.
Minieh was built by Irvine's Ship Building, West Hartlepool, England in 1915 as the Mersey River for the British Empire Steam Navigation Company. In 1916, James Moss and Company, Liverpool, England purchased the collier and renamed her Minieh. She was a steamship of 3,700 tons, 350 feet in length and was equipped with wireless.
Minieh is a city in Egypt.
Captain J. Richard Williams was in command with a crew of 34 on Minieh. She served as a coal supply ship to the English squadron searching for SeaGull. She was coming from Fernando Noronha, Brazil where she coaled the English light cruiser HMS Amethyst on January 7. She was bound for Pernambuco, Brazil to collect another load of coal.
Her captain and crew arrived in Pernambuco on January 16, 1917, aboard the captured Japanese steamship Hudson Maru. They then sailed for Lisbon, Portugal on the Dutch steamer Hollandia on January 23. And continued the journey home on the English steamship Drina sailing for Liverpool, England. On March 1st, Drina was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine UC-65 off Milford Haven, Wales with the loss of fifteen souls.
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DER MOEWE FAHRTEN UND UBENTEUER, by Graf zu Dohna.
HISTORY OF THE GREAT WAR, Seaborne Operations, by C. Ernest Fayle.
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