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Five Months on a German Raider Being the Adventures of an Englishman Captured by the 'Wolf'   By: (1871-)

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FIVE MONTHS ON A GERMAN RAIDER

Being the Adventures of an Englishman Captured by the "Wolf"

by

F. G. TRAYES

Formerly Principal of the Royal Normal College Bangkok, Siam

London Headley Bros. Publishers, Ltd. 72 Oxford Street W. 1

1919.

[Illustration: THE AUTHOR BEFORE CAPTIVITY AND WHEN RELEASED.]

DEDICATED

IN DEEP GRATITUDE TO THE DANISH NAVAL AUTHORITIES, LIGHTHOUSE KEEPERS, LIFEBOATMEN AND THEIR FAMILIES, AND THE KINDLY INHABITANTS OF SKAGEN, DENMARK, WHO SECURED FOR US, AND WELCOMED US BACK TO FREEDOM, AND WHO BY THEIR OVERWHELMING KINDNESS AND HEARTY HELP AND HOSPITALITY LEFT WITH US SUCH KIND AND HAPPY MEMORIES OF THEIR COUNTRY AND COUNTRYMEN AS WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. THE CAPTURE OF THE "HITACHI MARU" 11

II. PRISONERS ON THE "WOLF" 23

III. BACK TO THE "HITACHI MARU" 37

IV. THE GERMANS SINK THEIR PRIZE 51

V. LIFE ON THE "WOLF" 66

VI. ANOTHER PRIZE OUR FUTURE HOME 82

VII. CHRISTMAS ON THE "IGOTZ MENDI" 97

VIII. RUMOURS AND PLANS 116

IX. EN ROUTE FOR RUHLEBEN VIA ICELAND 133

X. SAVED BY SHIPWRECK 149

XI. FREE AT LAST 166

ILLUSTRATIONS

THE AUTHOR BEFORE AND AFTER HIS FIVE MONTHS' CAPTIVITY (Frontispiece) FACING PAGE

"HITACHI" PASSENGERS AND CREW IN LIFEBOATS AFTER THEIR SHIP HAD BEEN SHELLED 22

JAPANESE STEAMSHIP "HITACHI MARU" 64

THE "IGOTZ MENDI" ASHORE AT SKAGEN 150

THE SKAGEN LIFEBOAT GOING OUT TO THE "IGOTZ MENDI" TO BRING OFF THE PRISONERS 166

THE SKAGEN LIFEBOAT BRINGING TO SHORE THE PRISONERS FROM THE "IGOTZ MENDI" 166

AT SKAGEN: GERMAN PRIZE CREW OF THE "IGOTZ MENDI" UNDER GUARD, AWAITING INTERNMENT 180

THE COURSE OF THE "WOLF" End paper

FIVE MONTHS ON A GERMAN RAIDER

CHAPTER I

THE CAPTURE OF THE "HITACHI MARU"

The S.S. Hitachi Maru , 6,716 tons, of the Nippon Yushen Kaisha (Japan Mail Steamship Co.), left Colombo on September 24, 1917, her entire ship's company being Japanese. Once outside the breakwater, the rough weather made itself felt; the ship rolled a good deal and the storms of wind and heavy rain continued more or less all day. The next day the weather had moderated, and on the succeeding day, Wednesday, the 26th, fine and bright weather prevailed, but the storm had left behind a long rolling swell.

My wife and I were bound for Cape Town, and had joined the ship at Singapore on the 15th, having left Bangkok, the capital of Siam, a week earlier. Passengers who had embarked at Colombo were beginning to recover from their sea sickness and had begun to indulge in deck games, and there seemed every prospect of a pleasant and undisturbed voyage to Delagoa Bay, where we were due on October 7th.

The chart at noon on the 26th marked 508 miles from Colombo, 2,912 to Delagoa Bay, and 190 to the Equator; only position, not the course, being marked after the ship left Colombo. Most of the passengers had, as usual, either dozed on deck or in their cabins after tiffin, my wife and I being in deck chairs on the port side. When I woke up at 1.45 I saw far off on the horizon, on the port bow, smoke from a steamer. I was the only person awake on the deck at the time, and I believe no other passenger had seen the smoke, which was so far away that it was impossible to tell whether we were meeting or overtaking the ship.

Immediately thoughts of a raider sprang to my mind, though I did not know one was out... Continue reading book >>




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