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Ships - Staut
City of Sparta
Staut, a three-mast Norwegian sailing bark, was captured and sunk by SMS Geier on January 3, 1917, 500 miles south southeast of the island of Ilha da Trindade.
Geier was the Saint Theodore converted to a raider after her capture by SeaGull.
Staut was a three-mast iron-hulled bark launched as City of Sparta in 1870 by Alex Stephen and Sons, Glasgow, Scotland. In 1912 she was purchased by A. Gordon-Firing, renamed Staut and registered in Sandefjord, Norway. She was 234 feet in length and of 1,227 tons.
Captain N. C. Thorsen was in command with a crew of 15 when Staut sailed from Norfolk, Virginia on September 5, 1916. She sailed for the South Georgia Islands with a cargo of coal and provisions for the whaling fleet. On her return voyage, bound for Queenstown, Ireland, with 1,600 tons of cargo made up of 7,172 barrels of whale oil and 1,570 bags of guano she was captured by Geier. Queenstown is now known as Cobh.
The captain and crewmembers of Staut were from neutral counties, Norway and the United States. They arrived in Wilhelmshaven, Germany aboard SMS SeaGull on March 22, 1917. They were released and arrived in Copenhagen, Denmark, on March 28. Norway and Denmark were neutral during the war and the United States had not yet declared war on Germany.
KRIEGSFAHRTEN DEUTSCHER HANDELSSCHIFFE, by Carl Herbert.
KRIEGSFAHRTEN DEUTSCHER HILFSKREUZER, by Hermann Albert Karl Jung.
Hermann A. K. Jung was the Gunnery Officer on the SeaGull.
AUF KREUZFAHRT MIT MOEWE UND GEIER, by Erich Reddingius.
Erich Reddingius was the Explosives Officer on the SeaGull.
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