Geier (freighter)

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History
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
German Empire
Name: German: Geier
Namesake: Vulture
Acquired: 12 December 1916 (taken as prize)
Commissioned: 28 December 1916
Fate: scuttled on 14 February 1917
General characteristics
Type:
Tonnage: 4,992 gross register tons (GRT)
Displacement: 9,700 long tons (9,856 t)
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:

Geier was a British cargo ship named Saint Théodore, that was captured by the German commerce raider 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 on 14 December 1916, Geier was commissioned as an auxiliary cruiser (German: Hilfskreuzer) 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.