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Count Dohna and His SeaGull ©

Booty



Booty.
SMS SeaGull captured Appam, an English passenger liner, on January 15, 1916. Late that evening the German prize crew discovered the cargo on the ship included sixteen cases of gold, fourteen cases containing bars of gold, and two cases held gold dust. The cases, with a total weight of about 632 pounds, were quickly transferred to the SeaGull. As there was no safe aboard in which to secure the gold, it was stored in Commander Count Dohna's cabin, under his bunk.
Pictured is some of the booty taken from the Appam. The containers in the center held gold dust. To the sides are "gold bars". This display was at the War Exposition in Berlin, Germany. The gold was in the Reichsbank; the bars were copied in wood and gilded for this display.
Count Dohna was given one of the boxes, not the gold, he used it as an umbrella stand until his death in 1956.
RELATED TOPICS:
Appam Prize crew

REFERENCES:

DER MOEWE FAHRTEN UND UBENTEUER, by Graf zu Dohna.
HOW MY SHIP WAS CAPTURED BY A GERMAN RAIDER, by Henry G. Harrison, Sea Breezes, January 1994.
  Henry G. Harrison was Captain of the Appam.
LOST TREASURE SHIPS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, by Nigel Pickford.
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