Pacific Steam Navigation Co. ship Esmeralda was stopped by the Moewe
If I may call you that. I am a big fan of your site and would like to thank you for your efforts, but that's not why I'm writing. The other day I was in the Ironmongers' Hall, the Ironmongers being one of the medieval livery companies of London. In a display cabinet I spotted the following. Now bear with me here, because all I did was hurriedly jot down some notes so I may not have got it word for word, but broadly speaking the citation went like this.
On the 10th March 1917, the Pacific Steam Navigation Co. ship Esmeralda was stopped by the Moewe. The boarding officer Lt. Pohlmann told Captain Maken that he could take one item from the ship as a souvenir, so he chose the 1878 silver inkstand. In 1957 aged 93, Captain Maken donated the inkstand to the Ironmongers' Hall, Livery Co. in Aldersgate, London as "a souvenir of a past when there still remained some chivalry in warfare."
Any inaccuracies in that are probably mine.
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John, I believe the ship you have found at the Ironmonger's Hall is the Esmeraldas, it has an s at the end of its name.
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