"To the Sixth Continent" and Alfred Kling who sailed with von Luckner in Seeadler
Hello from Minnesota,
I just happened upon your website while looking for some information about the Se(e)adler and (Lieutenant) Alfred Kling.
Alfred Kling, who sailed with Von Luckner, was the brother of my grandfather. Since my grandfather and another brother immigrated to the United States in 1881, my family never knew much about Alfred's exploits until recent years.
We do know that he accompanied Wilhelm Filchner on the German Expedition to Antarctica in 1911-1912, so he seems to have been quite an adventurous sort.
My brother and I are interested in learning more about Alfred. If you happen to have any information or a photo to share with us, we'd be happy to hear from you.
Thank you for any help. You have an interesting website.
Jean (Kling) Baun
Thank you for your letter, I am often suprised what turns up by way of questions from a piece I have written for AHOY.
The exploits of the Geram Armed Raider of WW1 Seeadler commanded by Felix von Luckner has resulted in the highest response from around the world than any other article I have done. His second in command Alfred Kling was a most efficient officer.
You should look out for a copy of Blaine Pardoe's book. The Cruise of the Sea Eagle, The Lyons Press. Guilford Connecticut. 2005. See "Tid-bits from the book, Cruise of the Sea Eagle, by Blaine Pardoe."
As you can see from Michael's response, no luck about Alfred Kling.
He is proving most elusive.
I thought I would tell you that I was able to get the book, "To the Sixth Continent", from the University of Minnesota Library. I've especially enjoyed reading the parts written by and about Alfred Kling.
Alfred wrote that he celebrated his 30th birthday on June 25, 1912, while on the sledge trip in search of New South Greenland. That gives us Alfred's date of birth. He must have died young, but I don't have a date of death for him.
In addition, I thought you might find it interesting to hear that one of my sons is a Captain in the United States Navy, now stationed at Norfolk, Virginia.
Thanks again for your previous information.
Jean (Kling) Baun
At least it is here, but guess you are still enjoying Tuesday the 27th. of February.
That is interesting that you could read a copy of the " Sixth Continent." I am most interested to learn that you have a son who is a Captain in the USN, I have fond memories of my time in my Australian Cruiser working as part of a US Navy Task Force in the war in the Pacific.
I will forward an E-Mail about Count Felix von Luckner I only received today from Bremerhaven Germany, I am sure it will interest you Jean.
Thank you for keeping in touch.
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