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Ships - Orleanian
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 steamship Orleanian filed claims offering the ship was lost due to German actions during the war. Specifically, that the ship was sunk by SMS SeaGull.
Orleanian was built by Aitken and Mansel of Glasgow, Scotland, in 1880. She was a steamship of 2,293 tons, 310 feet in length, owned by the Orleanian Steamship Corporation of New York and operated by R. Lawrence Smith, New York.
Orleanian, sailed from New York on December 24, 1915 for Algiers and Malta with a cargo of case oil and naphtha. She has not since been reported. On January 31, 1916 the steamship Orleanian was declared lost at sea.
The claim of loss due to actions of a German raider was rejected on May 14, 1926, essentially there was no supportive evidence. The logbook of SeaGull contains no reference to a steamer that might just be the missing vessel. As such she must, accordingly, remain among the unexplained mysteries of the sea.
REPORTS OF INTERNATIONAL ARBITRAL AWARDS, by International Court of Justice, United Nations, 1948.
ADMINISTRATIVE DECISIONS AND OPINIONS OF A GENERAL NATURE, US Government Printing Office, 1925.
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