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Ships - Rhodanthe
Rhodanthe, a British steamship, was captured and sunk by SMS SeaGull in the early morning of March 4, 1917, 330 miles north northwest from St. Vincent, Cape Verde Islands.
Rhodanthe was built in 1902 by William Gray and Company, West Hartlepool, England. She was built for London Marine Steam Ship Company, London. She was a 3,061 ton ship, 325 feet in length.
Captain E. H. Bond was in command, with a crew of 28 when Rhodanthe departed Algiers, Algeria sailing for Jamaica. She was in ballast, consigned to collect a cargo of sugar. The ship was in the service of the British Admiralty and armed with a 2-inch gun mounted at the stern.
The 2-inch gun was moved to the SeaGull before Rhodanthe was sunk.
Her captain and crew arrived in Bremerhaven, Germany aboard SeaGull on March 22, 1917. They were interned as prisoners of war.
RELATED WEB SITES:
Prisoners of War 1914-1918 The Rhodanthe captain and crew listed as POWs.
DER MOEWE FAHRTEN UND UBENTEUER, by Graf zu Dohna.
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