Rip-roaring adventure on the high seas
In December 1916, a three-masted windjammer bearing Norwegian colours sailed out of a quiet anchorage in Germany, loaded with cargo and apparently bound for Australia. Her true mission was quite different.
The ship was, in fact, the SMS Seeadler, commanded by swashbuckling German aristocrat Felix von Luckner. Over an epic voyage, he used cunning and deception to destroy fourteen Allied merchant ships, all the while evading the utterly foxed and infuriated British Admiralty in a daring game of cat and mouse.
This is the fascinating story of an unforgettable naval commander whose amazing exploits aboard the SMS Seeadler earned him the epithet ‘the Sea Devil’.
Luckner was a colourful character who ran away from home to serve on a Russian tall ship, then becoming a lightkeeper’s assistant, an amateur boxer and a kangaroo hunter, before enlisting in the German Navy.
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