The S.M.S. Emden's Exploits during
The First World War

At the commencement of the First World War in 1914, S.M.S. Emden of the Imperial German Navy operated as an independent raider in the sea lanes of the Indian Ocean.

She caused much destruction over several months, until she herself was destroyed in a battle with the HMAS Sydney of the Royal Australian Navy on the 9th November 1914.




Summary of the Emden's war time exploits.

Date 1914

Name of Ship

Flag

Cargo

How disposed of

4 August

Rjasan

Russian

General

Taken to Tsing-Tau

10 September

Pontoporus

Indus

Greek

British

Coal

General

Captured by H.M.S. "Yarmouth," October 18

Sunk

11 September

Lovat

British

Ballast

Sunk

12 September

Kabinga

British

Released 14 September

13 September

Killin

Diplomat

Dandolo

British

British

Italian

Coal

General

Sunk

Sunk

Released

14 September

Trabboch

Clan Matheson

British

British

Ballast

General

Sunk

Sunk

18 September

Dovre

Norwegian

Released

25 September

King Lud

Tymeric

British

British

Ballast

Sugar

Sunk

Sunk

26 September

Gryvevale

British

Released

27 September

Buresk

Riberra

Foyle

Djocja

British

British

British

Dutch

Coal

Ballast

Ballast

Scuttled by German Crew after capture by HMAS Sydney

Sunk

Sunk

Released

16 October

Clan Grant

Benmohr

Ponrabbel (Dredger)

British

British

British

General

General

Sunk

Sunk

Sunk

18 October

Troilus

Fernando Poo

St Egbert

British

Spanish

British

General

Sunk

Released

Sunk

19 October

Exford

Chilkana

British

British

Coal

General

Captured by H.M.S Empress of Asia 11th December

Sunk

28 October

Glenturret

Zemchug

Mousquet

British

Russian Cruiser

French Destroyer

Released

Sunk by Torpedo

Sunk by gunfire

30 October

Newburn

British

Released with survivors from Mousquet

16 December

Ayesha

Schooner

Used for escape
Sunk by shore party


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