Count Dohna and His SeaGull ©
Under terms of the Versailles Treaty, the Central Powers were forced to pay the cost of "the loss and damage" inflicted on the Allied Powers.
Over 5,500 allied and neutral vessels were lost during the war. A total of, 1,768 German merchant vessels over 800 tons were surrendered as war reparations to replace lost Allied ships. France, Great Britian and the United States partitioned the vessels with few ships being allocated to other nations.
SeaGull and her sister ship Pionier were passed to the British Shipping Controller and subsequently allocated to the Elders and Fyffes Company, Liverpool, England.
The entire Austro-Hungarian merchant fleet was taken away as war reparations by Italy.
British Shipping Controller
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