Whatever happened to the wreck of the Seeadler?
Terry and Mac,
Thank you for your kind comments, the Count has probably attracted more attention from around the world than anything else we have jointly published on AHOY.
I do the writing and research, but none of it would see the light of day if it were not for Terry and his expertise in knocking my rough work into the form that looks out onto the world and anyone who happens to chance upon our site.
I doubt any of the wreck is still around after all these years on the reef where she was blown aground at Mopelia, two sailors from the Australian light cruiser Encounter were reported to have cut off the Seeadler figurehead in 1918, smuggled it on board at the wreck site, then on the ship's return to Sydney, when trying to sneak it ashore, they were caught and it finally wound up at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, our Australian National capital.
see "Figurehead from Wreck of Seeadler removed by Australian Sailors at Mopelia Island in 1917>" and "Seeadler postcards and von Luckner's signature"
The American author, Blaine Pardoe has, earlier this year, publised a new book called "The Cruise of the Sea Eagle," ( Sea Eagle is the English version of Seeadler ) it is published by The Lyons Press, Guilford, Connecticut, and refutes some of the myths woven by Lowell Thomas, many years ago. I am currently reading and enjoying Blaine's account.
My only complaint is about the poor quality of some of the reproduced photographs in this new account of the Count and his Seeadler.
Nice to hear from you,
It is a pleasure to be of some small assistance.
In fact, I am sure that the wreck of the Seeadler was not caused by any mythical hurricane, and the Count was merely covering his backside, and pledged all his crew to tell this same story.
Most of his company were ashore, including von Luckner, having a picnic, and the anchors did not hold in the coral, and his vessel stranded before those left on board could sail her out of danger, and the result was that the coral reef ripped her to bits.
You will find the true story in Blaine's account, but the Count and his adventures still pose a great deal of interest around this planet of ours.
You should have a look at the von Luckner Society site in Germany, and here is its URL: http://luckner-society.com/
T & M.