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Ships - Timandra



The Versailles Treaty, an agreement at the end of the war formalizing Germany's consequences for the war obligated Germany to pay full compensation for ships lost as a result of the war. The owners of the American sailing bark Timandra filed claims offering the ship was lost due to German actions during the war. Specifically, that the ship was sunk by either SMS SeaGull or another German raider Seeadler.
Timandra was built by Robert Duncan Company, Glasgow, Scotland in 1885. The American owned ship was a 1,579-ton iron-hulled sailing bark 245 feet in length. She was owned by the Timandra Shipping Company, Boston, Massachusetts. She was equipped with wireless.
Timandra, in Greek mythology the daughter of Tyndareos and Leda, was sister to Helen of Troy.
Timandra, under command of Captain Richard Lee, with a crew of 17 and his wife, sailed from Sewell's Point in the harbor of Hampton Roads, Virginia, on March 6, 1917 for Campana, Argentina. Her cargo consisted of Pocahontas bituminous coal. The ship has not been sighted since her sailing and no wireless communications have been received. On March 27, 1917 the sailing bark Timandra was declared lost at sea.
Captain Lee of Harborville, Nova Scotia, sailed with his wife for company during the war; it was common for sailing ship captains to have their wives aboard even during wartime. Before the war, he mastered a sister ship of Timandra. She was the Pass of Balmaha and she was captured by the Germans and converted to the raider Seeadler.
On January 5, 1927, the claim of loss due to actions of German raiders was rejected, as there was no supportive evidence. Neither the logbook of SeaGull nor the war diary of Seeadler contain any reference to a sailing ship that might just be the missing vessel. Loss of this ship must, accordingly, remain among the unexplained mysteries of the sea.
A view has been expressed that Timandra vanished because she sailed through an area known as the Bermuda Triangle, where it is said, ships disappear without explanation.

RELATED TOPICS:
Seeadler
Ship Tonnage
Wireless

RELATED WEB SITES:

Wikipedia List of Bermuda Triangle incidents, for the believers.
Wikipedia Timandra in Greek Mythology.
Disappearances and Strange Occurences It's just what the name implies.

REFERENCES:
WITHOUT A TRACE, by Charles Berlitz.
ADMINISTRATIVE DECISIONS AND OPINIONS OF A GENERAL NATURE, US Government Printing Office, 1925.

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