Annie Larsen

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Name: Annie Larsen
Owner: James Tuft, San Francisco; sold to a San Diego shipbroker
Builder: Hall Brothers, Port Blakely, Bainbridge Island, Washington
Launched: 1881
General characteristics
Class and type: Schooner
Tons burthen: 326 tons

The Annie Larsen was a three-masted schooner that was involved in arms shipment in the Hindu German Conspiracy during World War I.

Annie Larsen was built by the Hall Brothers in 1881. She was owned by James Tufts, of San Francisco, and later by Olson & Mahony and sailed in the coastwise lumber trade. In 1915, she was chartered to a shipbroker.[1]

The ship came into the spotlight when it was seized on 25 June 1915 by US customs officials at Grays Harbor and found to be carrying large quantities of small arms and ammunitions in violation of the Neutrality Acts. The arms were meant to be transferred to the SS Maverick at a rendezvous off the coast of Mexico. The Annie Larsen affair was one of the major setbacks of the failed Hindu German Conspiracy, and was one of the major charges in the trial that was at the time one of the largest and most expensive in American legal history.

In 1918, Annie Larsen stranded on Malden Island.[2]

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Further reading[edit]

  • Strother, French (1918). Fighting Germany's spies. New York: Doubleday, Page & Co. Retrieved 2012-01-22.  Includes a detailed account of the Annie Larsen affair by participant J.B. Starr-Hunt