AMRA but bluffed von Luckner into believing that they did in fact carry a gun?
April 17, 2012
I am a journalist researching a news feature for News Ltd here in Australia.
I read with great interest your research on von Luckner. Thank you for sharing this with the WWW
I have only read the Lowell Thomas book and accept that it is interspersed with fictional embellishment.
I have visited Levuka three times now and am about to go again.
One story told to me by a local relates to the Wakaya arrest.
He claims that AMRA was equipped with a dummy deck gun fashioned from a coconut trunk which he used to bluff von Luckner into surrendering.
I've not been able to verify this account, but your site indicates there was some degree of subterfuge and bluff with the Wakaya arrest.
Any light you can shed on this episode is welcome.
Thank you and kind regards
Roderick (Rod) Eime
Thank you for your kind words about von Luckner on AHOY.
I do not think that AMRA was fitted with a gun, but bluffed von Luckner into believing that they did in fact carry a gun.
Here is an extract from AHOY: see "Seeadler"