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Ships - Saint Theodore
Saint Theodore, a British steamship, was captured on December 12, 1916, 520 miles west 1/2 south from Cape Race, Newfoundland.
Saint Theodore was built in 1913 by William Hamilton and Company, Glasgow, Scotland and launched for the British and Foreign Steam Ship Company, Liverpool, England. She was of 4,992 tons, length 405 feet and a speed of 11.5 knots. Decking at her stern was strengthened for the addition of a naval cannon, which was never mounted.
The ship was named after Theodore of Tarsus, eighth Archbishop of Canterbury.
Captain G. Hallam was in command when Saint Theodore sailed with a crew of 39 and two stowaways. She sailed from Norfolk, Virginia on December 5, 1916 for Savona, Italy with a cargo consisted of 7,366 tons of Pocahontas bituminous coal from mines in West Virginia.
The captain, crew and stowaways of Saint Theodore were aboard the captured Japanese steamer Hudson Maru when she landed at Pernambuco, Brazil, on January 16, 1917. Seven US citizens in her crew arrived in New York on February 17, aboard the British steamship Francis from Pernambuco. They were: Royal S. Gregory, Elijah Judy, Robert Krambran, Frank McGee, Harry Picot, Benjamin Stevson, and Guy B. Van Dorn.
Pernambuco is now known as Recife.
Geier, was sunk on February 14, 1917, in the South Atlantic.
From the time of capture Saint Theodore served as a collier for SeaGull.
Saint Theodore was converted to a raider with the addition of two 52-mm cannon mounted on the main deck, one on the forecastle and one aft. She sailed in her new guise as Geier under command of Lieutenant Friedrich Wolf. In her short raiding career, the small sailing vessels Jean and Staut were captured and sunk. In the afternoon of February 14, 1917, Geier was decommissioned and scuttled near Ilha da Trindade in the South Atlantic.
Geier means "vulture" in German.
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