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Total Records: 1
Name Nationality Location Date Lost
Aud   German  Co Cork  1916 

Aud : 
Owner Imperial German Navy 
Flag German  Builder Earles Of Hull 
Port   Build Date 1911 
Official No 132231  Material Steel 
    Tonnage nrt/grt 700 nrt / 1228 grs 
Ship type Steam Ship  Dimensions 250.2 ft | 35.2 ft | 15.9 ft
Ships Role  Cargo  Rigging Style   
Super Structure
 
Hull
 
Machinery
 
 
Wreck Location Daunts Rock Co Cork 
Date Lost 21/04/1916  Captain Karl Spindler 
Cause Scuttled  Crew Lost  
Position   Passengers Lost   
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History

Masquerading as the SS Aud, an existing Norwegian vessel of similar appearance, the Libau set sail from the Baltic port of L├╝beck on 9 April 1916, under the Command of Karl Spindler, bound for the south-west coast of Ireland. Under Spindler was a crew of 22 men, all of whom were volunteers. The Libau / Aud, laden with an estimated 20,000 rifles, 1,000,000 rounds of ammunition, 10 machine guns, and explosives (under a camouflage of a timber cargo), evaded patrols of both the British 10th Cruiser Squadron and local Auxiliary patrols.

After surviving violent storms off Rockall, the Libau arrived in Tralee Bay on 20 April. There they were due to meet with Roger Casement and others, with Casement having been landed nearby by U-19. Due to a combination of factors (primarily as the ship carried no radio and was unaware that the date for its arrival off Fenit had been altered from Thursday, 20 April to Sunday, 23 April) the transfer of arms did not take place. The Libau, attempting to escape the area, was trapped by a blockade of British ships. Captain Spindler allowed himself to be escorted towards Cork Harbour, in the company of Acacia class sloop HMS Bluebell. The German crew then scuttled the ship.
Spindler and crew were interned for the duration of the war.

Ref : SS_Libau Wiki
 
Record Created on  06/02/2014
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