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    Default The Seeadler, the only sailing suface raider in WW1

    Here's a bit of interesting reading from an interesting site.I first came across this ship whilst restoring a copy of Felix Graf von Luckner's biography, and after had a copy of his voyages, by himself.

    "Seeadler
    This vessel was the only sailing ship to be used as an Armed Merchant Raider, she carried a great deal of mystique that could be owed to her flamboyant Commanding Officer, Felix Graf von Luckner, also known as The Sea Devil. Should you enter into a discussion of this era with anyone with but a passing knowledge of these Raiders, it will always be von Luckner, who is remembered, and spoken about."
    about.http://www.ahoy.tk-jk.net/MaraudersWW1/Seeadler.html

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    Default Re: The Seeadler, the only sailing suface raider in WW1

    I enjoyed the book.

    Even if only a small percentage of the account is true its still an astounding tale.
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Default Re: The Seeadler, the only sailing suface raider in WW1

    Here's another satisfied reader of that book. A great tale.

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    Default Re: The Seeadler, the only sailing suface raider in WW1

    Friend dove on the wreck at Mopelia, brought back some bits, a 4" shell casing, some bronze engine parts...
    Hey! It's MY Hughniverse!

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    Damn German raiders ....they're still a menace.
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/ar...ectid=10548741



    von Luckner was held, after recapture, on an island in the local harbour. He tried to revisit the island when he sailed over here in his yacht in the 1930s but was denied permission as it was still a military installation and things were becoming unfriendly again.

    I asked about his yacht Seeteufel on the forum a while ago, apparently it still exists but none of our European correspondents knew anything about it.
    I've yet to read any books about him......they're on the list but the list is long.
    We don't know how lucky we are....

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    Default Re: The Seeadler, the only sailing suface raider in WW1

    He was captured and ended up interned on Motuhuie island just out in the harbour here. We were anchored there last sunday morning as it happens. He and some crew stole a scow and tried to make off but was caught a few miles out. He has a couple of later books too. I recall reading there was quite some suspicion of him in the 1930's as he did his world speaking tour, there was feeling he was gaining data for ww2.
    The other snippet I remember was him brokering / saving his town ( I think he was mayor) in Germany in ww2 by successfully negotiating with both the the advancing allies and departing german troops.

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    Default Re: The Seeadler, the only sailing suface raider in WW1

    Interesting story
    Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    Default Re: The Seeadler, the only sailing suface raider in WW1

    I didn't see Seans post.. bit of a double up there.

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    Kinda sorta.....
    This where von Luckner was held for a time after the big escape attempt.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ripapa_Island#Fort_Jervois
    http://www.doc.govt.nz/conservation/...ripapa-island/
    Not quite the ends of the earth but a long swim to the nearest pubs....

    We've been down this road before I think but since the disappearance of the 'Related Posts' box from the bottom of the page, it's hard to tell.
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    Years ago I read another book by von Luckner, The Sea Devil's Sea Chest, about his adventures in the 1920's on the Baltic in an old square rigger with a crew of boys in a youth sea-training program. The boys grew up to form the core of Hitler's navy. Interesting fellow, von Luckner.

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    Default Re: The Seeadler, the only sailing suface raider in WW1

    whatever rocks your boat

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