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Reading thru an old Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph of 1917, there was an article about an East Coast vessel that was seized by a 'Hun pirate' . The crew were taken on board the sub and the ship fittings on their vessel were stripped of any brass, copper similar, the ships compass etc and loaded onto the German sub while the German Officer entertained the crew.

The Brits were then allowed to leave in their lifeboats with the best wishes of the U Boaters who sank their boat and told them they were only an hour or so from the shore and should get picked up in no time which they were. Is ther any foundation in these rag and bone allegations or was it just a story to sweeten up the war?

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