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Ships - Wolf I
Belgravia, was built by Workman, Clark and Company at Belfast, Northern Ireland and launched in 1906. She was a steam freighter of the Hamburg-American Line (HAPAG), 462 feet in length and of 6,642 tons with a speed of 13 knots.
Belgravia was requisitioned by the German Navy in 1916, renamed Wolf and outfitted as a freighter raider. Her armaments included four 150-mm guns, two 37-mm guns and four 50-cm torpedo tubes.
With Korvettenkapitan Curt Hermann in command of a crew of 234, Wolf sailed from Wilhelmshaven on February 26, 1916. While still in the mouth of the Elbe River the ship went aground on Neuwerk Island and suffered damage that made the ship unusable. She was towed back to port and deactivated on February 28th.
Wolf was surrendered to France on May 3, 1919 as war reparations. Her new owners, Compagnie Generale Transatlantique (French Line), renamed her Iowa. In April 1934 she was scrapped in Italy.
After the failed raider Wolf there was another German freighter raider named Wolf. That ship made it to sea.
KRIEGSFAHRTEN DEUTSCHER HANDELSSCHIFFE, by Carl Herbert.
THE KAISER'S COOLIES, by Theodor Plivier.
Theodor Plivier seved on the raiders Wolf I and Wolf II.
GERMAN AUXILIARY CRUISERS OF WORLD WAR I, by George Ransome.
DIE DEUTSCHEN KRIEGSSCHIFFE, Hans Otto Steinmetz.
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