|Total Records: 1|
|Owner||Imperial German Navy|
|Flag||German||Builder||Earles Of Hull|
|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|
|Wreck Location||Daunts Rock Co Cork|
|Date Lost||21/04/1916||Captain||Karl Spindler|
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Masquerading as the SS Aud, an existing Norwegian vessel of similar appearance, the Libau set sail from the Baltic port of Lübeck 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.
|Record Created on 06/02/2014|
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