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KPGeier
 
Germany's Geier (Vulture)
 
 


Displacement  

4,992 tons  

Launched  

April 1913  

Overall Length  

127.2 meters  

Commissioned

December 1916  

Beam  

15.9 meters  

Armor Max  

None  

Engines 

One Three-Cylinder Triple Expansion  

Guns  

2-5.2cm SK L/55  

Speed  

11.5 knots

Torpedo Tubes  

None  

Crew  

48  

Mines  

None  


Built at the Scottish shipyards of W. Hamilton & Company in 1913, the Saint Theodore was captured by the Raider Möwe on 12 December 1916 off the Portuguese coast. She was first sent south to a prearranged rendezvous point, where she was then converted at sea to the raider Geier by the addition of two 5.2cm guns from the Möwe. Taken under command by Kapitänleutnant Wolf, she was ordered to engage British shipping throughout the general area.  

 

The Geier’s career spanned just two months during which she sailed over 4,500 nm from her original position to the Brazilian coast. She managed to sink two sailing vessels, the Canadian Jean and the Norwegian Staut. After once again rendezvousing with the Möwe, Captain Graf Dohna-Schlodien decided to dispose of the Geier rather than to attempt coaling in the rough seas. She was scuttled off the Island of Trindade on 14 February 1917.  

 

Ships captured (c), sunk (s), or mined (m): 2 totaling 1,422 tons

 

 

Ship  

Displacement  

Date  

Jean (s)  

215 tons  

31/12/1916  

Staut (s)  

1,227 tons  

3/1/1917