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Konig Luise


historydavid

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The German auxillary minelayer Konig Luise was sunk by British cruiser Amphion on 5 August 1914. I believe 19 survivors were picked up by Amphion.

Does anyone know what the compement of the Konig Luise was likely to have been?

historydavid

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The ship was the Königin Luise, formerly a Hamburg America liner (Hamburg Holland ferry in some sources). The ship was 2,163 GRT in weight and oddly enough while most ships have their complement listed the auxiliary mine layers do not. From other sources it appears that the crew consisted of 100 men.

Ralph

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As you probably know the Amphion hit one of the mines the Germans had been laying and several of the German prisoners were drowned. A distant cousin of mine was a member of the Amphion's crew and therefore one of the first British servicemen to die in the Great War.

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