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Name Official number Flag IMO
PASS OF BALMAHA  95087  GBR   
Year built Date launched Date completed
1888  09/08/1888   
Vessel type Vessel description
Cargo General  Steel Sailing Vessel 3 Masted Ship
Builder Yard Yard no
Robert Duncan & Co, Port Glasgow East Yard  237 
 

Tonnage Length Breadth Depth Draft
1571 grt / 1498 nrt / 2500 dwt 245.45 ft  38.8 ft  22.55 ft   
Engine builder ,
Engine detail
[auxiliary engine fitted 1915-16, apparently by Carels, Ghent (also said to be British-made, found by the Germans being exhibited when they entered Brussels)
M4cyl 2str 900bhp] 

First owner First port of register Registration date
David R. Clark and others (Gibson & Clark), Glasgow  Glasgow  05/09/1888 
Other names
8/1915 WALTHER - 1916 SEEADLER 
Subsequent owner and registration history
02/1908 River Plate Shipping Company, Montreal - manager Richard Lee, Boston USA
1909 Ship 'Pass of Balmaha' Co. Ltd., Montreal - manager George I. Dewar, Toronto - reg. Glasgow
c.12/1914 Harby Ship Co, New York (Harris-Irby Cotton Co., Oklahoma City?) - reg. Boston
12/1916 German Navy  
Vessel history
07/1915 intercepted by British Armed Merchant Cruiser VIRGINIAN in the North Sea (New York for Archangel with cotton), seized on suspicion of carrying contraband and naval crew put on board to take her to Kirkwall for inspection, British flag hoisted. 04/08/1915 captured by German submarine U-36 in the North Sea while en route to Kirkwall, taken to Cuxhaven and converted by Johannes C. Tecklenborg AG at Geestemünde to an armed raider with auxiliary diesel engine
12/1916 commissioned into the German Navy (commanded by Count Von Luckner)
Between 21/12/1916 and 08/09/1917 (including one French ship by the crew after SEEADLER's loss) captured 16 ships, mostly sailing vessels. 
Remarks
*Note: the circumstances and extent of ownership and/or registration in the USA is obscure and is being further researched

The reported initial renaming after capture in 1915 as WALTHER is not confirmed. 
End year Fate / Status
1917  Wrecked 02/08/1917 
Disposal Detail
02/08/1917 wrecked on Mopelia Island in the Society Islands, French Polynesia, after being struck by a tidal wave. 
 

 



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