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Demerara.
Demerara, a British steamship, was chased by SMS SeaGull on February 17, 1916, 200 miles west southwest of the Madiera Islands.
Demerara.

Demerara, a British steamship built by Harland and Wolff at Belfast, Northern Ireland was launched on December 21, 1911. She was owned by the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, London, England was 500 feet long, of 11,484 tons with a speed of 13.5 knots. She was a refrigerated meat carrier with accomodation for 933 passengers. She was equipped with wireless.
Demerara was named for the river in British Guiana. Georgetown, the capital, is on the Demerara river.
Royal Mail Steam Packet Company lost five ships to German surface raiders during the war. Potaro was captured on January 10, 1915 by Kronprinz Wilhelm and sunk on January 30, 1915. Tamar was captured and sunk by Kronprinz Wilhelm on March 24, 1915. Alcantara sank after a fierce battle with Greif on February 29, 1916. Radnorshire was captured and sunk by SeaGull on January 7, 1917, the same fate was met by Brecknockshire on February 15, 1917.
Demerara, under Captain G. S. Gillard, was armed with a 4.7-inch gun. She survived the war despite being torpedoed by a German submarine off La Rochelle, France on July 1, 1917. Her end came in 1933 when she was scrapped.

RELATED TOPICS:
Brecknockshire
Compass Directions
Greif
Radnorshire
Ship Tonnage
Wireless

REFERENCES:

ROYAL MAIL 1839-1939, by T. A. Bushell.
ROYAL MAIL WAR BOOK, by H. W. Leslie.

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