Geier (freighter)

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Career (UK)  United Kingdom
Name: Saint Théodore
Owner: Brit. & Foreign. S.S. Co.
Port of registry: Liverpool
Builder: W. Hamilton & Co., Glasgow
Laid down: 1913
Launched: 25 April 1913
Fate: taken by SMS Möwe and scuttled on 14 February 1917
Career (German Empire)
Name: Geier (German: (Hilfskreuzer)
Namesake: Vulture
Acquired: 12 December 1916 (taken as prize)
Commissioned: 28 December 1916
Fate: scuttled on 14 February 1917
General characteristics
Tonnage: 4,992 gross register tons (GRT)
Displacement: 9,700 tons
Length: 127.2 m (417 ft 4 in)
Beam: 15.85 m (52 ft 0 in)
Height: 8.25 m (27 ft 1 in)
Draught: 6.4 m (21 ft)
Decks: 2
Propulsion: 1,800 ihp (1,300 kW) steam engine
Speed: 12.6 knots (23.3 km/h; 14.5 mph)
Crew: (as German auxiliary cruiser) 2 officers, 46 enlisted
Armament: (as German auxiliary cruiser) 2 × 5.2 cm (2.0 in) guns

The Geier (German: Hilfskreuzer) was a British cargo ship named Saint Théodore, captured by the German commerce raider SMS Möwe in the North Atlantic at 39°30′N 17°30′W / 39.500°N 17.500°W / 39.500; -17.500 on 12 December 1916. First put into Imperial German Navy service as an auxiliary ship on14 December 1916, Geier was commissioned as an auxiliary cruiser on 28 December and operated in the South Atlantic until 14 February 1917 when she was scuttled near Ilha da Trindade.[1]

Coordinates: 21°01′S 31°49′W / 21.017°S 31.817°W / -21.017; -31.817

References[edit]

  1. ^ Geier (Hilfskreuzer) at german-navy.de.