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    Default The sailing ship that was captured by a zeppelin

    Interesting bit of naval/aviation history





    " ... Frederik Nordlie signed on the ROYAL as ships boy on the 24 March 1917 when the vessel was at Langesund, Norway loading a cargo of timber for England. The weather was not good and some repair on the jib boom delayed the sailing. Just before Easter 1917 the ROYAL set sail with a crew of 12 men under command of Capt. Thorstensen.

    On 23 April 1917 the ships boy, on look out on the fore-castle sighted a small spot in the sky. He informed Capt. Thorstensen. Two hours later a Zeppelin descended near the ROYAL. She was Zeppelin L23 under command of Capt. Bockholt.

    The L23 sighted the ROYAL in a position 50 miles from the Light Vessel HORNS RIFF. She was flying at an altitude of 3000 meters, and after sighting the barque she first carefully raised 500 meters, afraid of being shot down by a big gun on the vessel. When the Zeppelin crew found out that the ROYAL carried not any gun, she dived down and dropped a bomb before the bow of the ROYAL. The ROYAL braced back her sail and stopped. Then the L23 dropped with the gondola on the water near to the ROYAL. A boat from the ROYAL rowed with the ships papers and loading manifest to the airship. The cargo manifest showed that she was carrying a load of mine timber for England.

    She was carrying a contraband cargo and declared a prize ship; three crewmembers from the L23 boarded the ROYAL and seized it, ordering the crew to do their duties.

    The next morning a German destroyer appeared and a navy prize crew was put on board. ..."
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    Default Re: The sailing ship that was captured by a zeppelin

    PBS did a special on the Zeppelins. There were no miracle fibers back then. The gasbags in each Zeppelin were made with 250,000 cows stomachs. Stripped, cleaned, unrolled and flattened into a translucent onionskin. They were then joined using a glue made from other parts of the cow guts.

    Fascinating stuff.

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    Default Re: The sailing ship that was captured by a zeppelin

    Was that the program where they pretty much conclusively proved that the Hindenburg was done in by static electricity fatally mixing with a gas leak?
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    Default Re: The sailing ship that was captured by a zeppelin

    An airship vs. a ship ship. Would have been fascinating.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Bow View Post
    PBS did a special on the Zeppelins. There were no miracle fibers back then. The gasbags in each Zeppelin were made with 250,000 cows stomachs. Stripped, cleaned, unrolled and flattened into a translucent onionskin. They were then joined using a glue made from other parts of the cow guts.

    Fascinating stuff.
    On a similar note, the Japanese balloon attacks on the US were the last gasp of traditional Japan - the balloons were made of traditional washi paper (mulberry bark), fashioned in rural villages, in the traditional way.

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    Default Re: The sailing ship that was captured by a zeppelin

    There's a program running is South Korea now.... sending balloons into North Korea, with a message and $1 attached.... enough to buy 4kg of corn
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