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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Dec 2017 3:43 p.m. PST

…SMS Greif

"On February 27, 1916, the Norwegian cargo ship Rena steamed out of Cuxhaven on Germany's North Sea coast. In peacetime, this would not have been anything out of the ordinary. However, it was the height of WWI, and not everything was as it seemed.

In fact, Rena was the third name the ship had held is as many months. Originally built as the Guben, she was launched in 1914 for the German-Australian Line, but her career was short lived. Launched again on July 29, her home port was blockaded by the Royal Navy once war broke out, in August. She was now forced to sit in port, waiting for her chance to escape, and plow the seas as she was meant to.

That opportunity had come when she was commissioned into the Imperial German Navy as SMS Greif. Now a merchant raider, she was designed to sneak past blockades, and attack shipping lanes on the high seas…."
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goragrad16 Dec 2017 8:28 p.m. PST

Interesting, but one quibble – those 6-inch guns on the Alicantra weren't 'anti-aircraft' guns.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Dec 2017 2:02 p.m. PST

Thanks for the info!.


Charlie 12 Inactive Member17 Dec 2017 7:43 p.m. PST

More than a few gaffes in this article. Typical of this site, unfortunately (doesn't anyone fact check anymore?).

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