I suppose I should say the newspaper article in the preceding chapter was taken verbatim from the Front Page of the November 4, 1914 edition of the Victoria Daily Colonist, lest I be banned and/or sued for plagiarism.
Not going to lie, I busted out laughing at this point. Perfect example of someone being too quick to action and not thinking things through beforehand.It only took a couple of days for the British consul in Lima to initiate legal action against the Bengrove, claiming that the freighter was not a German merchant seeking shelter, but was instead a British flagged war prize taken by the Germans, and thus under the Hague 13 Convention of 1907, Article 21, was required to either leave port after 24 hours or have her crew interned by Peruvian authorities and the ship released back to her British owners, Joseph Hoult and Co, of Liverpool.
Saxonia’s former captain countered by saying that Bengrove was brought into the neutral port for want of fuel and provisions, which was explicitly allowed under Article 21, but would happily comply and leave port if he was sold coal to steam to the nearest German port, as also provided for under the Article. After reading the newspapers he determined the nearest German port not captured or besieged by Entente forces was Wilhelmshaven.
Probably not, I'm guessing, but like the saying goes, "Truth is stranger than fiction".Asking this “What If?” for a moment makes me realize how ASB the appearance of those subs for sale at that particular time was, and the whole acquisition process. Would you have believed it if I made that up? Often our actual history is the most bizarre.
Von Spee bombarded Papeete with Scharnhorst and Gneisenau on Sept 22, so the the main port of French Polynesia is already blasted.If SMS Niagara heads west towards Asian waters or French Polynesia, are there any isolated ports that are lightly enough defended to successfully attack but still large enough or located in a key spot that would be worth raiding and looting and destroying any local infrastructure or industry?
I want to edit this and see if I might get it printed on paper. Then I have a half-baked notion of a timeline on how Admiral Earnest Troubridge gets his Victoria Cross, but I have to read a lot of books first.This has been a wonderful timeline. Thank you for your attention to detail, and linking such great additional sources, especially archive imagery.
Do you have any future projects in mind?