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THE VOYAGE OF THE RAIDER WOLF
November 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
WEDNESDAY 6 NOVEMBER, 10.00 am to 12 noon
One of the most famous exploits of the First World War was the voyage of the German Raider Wolf. At the conclusion of the Battle of Jutland in May 1916, the German Navy was bottled up in the Baltic Sea and very few German surface ships were able to break the Allied blockade. At this point, the German High Command decided to send out Raiders, disguised as merchant ships, to disrupt trade routes, sink enemy merchant ships and lay mines outside the main ports of the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
This presentation will detail the operations of the ship SMS Wolf, her captain and crew, her revolutionary seaplane and her 444 consecutive days at sea. During that time she sank 14 ships and laid minefields that destroyed a further 13 vessels. The talk will be illustrated with a PowerPoint presentation, a story board and photos from the album of the presenter’s uncle, who was an officer in a trading vessel sunk by the Wolf.