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and she wirelessed again when news was that Russis and within & few hours of her Roumania were now out of destination. The Wolf waited the war, having given in to for her, informed her that she Germany, that the war would had on board just the cargo certainly be over in six months, the Wolf needed, captured, and that the Wolf would then and afterwards sunk her. The go home in safety to & vioWolf's success in capturing torious, grateful, and appreciships and evading hostile ative Fatherland. Some such cruisers was certainly due to spor as this was necessary to her intercepting apparently the men, who were getting indiscriminate wirelessing be- very discontented with the tween ships and between ships length of the cruise and conand shore-at one time in the ditions prevailing, notably the Indian Ocean the Wolf was monotony of the food and picking up news in four lan- threatened shortage of food guages—and to her seaplane, and drink and tobacco. Christwhich enabled her to scout mas Eve was still too rough thoroughly and to spot an for the ships to tie up alongenemy ship long before she side, and our Christmas the could have been seen,
next day was the reverse of The two ships proceeded on merry. One cow and three their new course at full speed pigs had been killed for the for the next two days. On Christmas feast, but they did the 21st they slowed down, not go far between nearly 800 hoping to coal in the open people, and all the prisoners, sea. The next day both ships at least, were glad when the stopped, but the condition of dismal farce of Christmas under the sea would not admit of such conditions was over. coaling; we were then said to The weather on Boxing Day be about 700 miles E. of Monte was only a little more favourVideo. It was of course a dis- able than that on Christmas appointment to the Germans Day, but the Germans dethat they were prevented from cided to wait no longer to ooaling and spending their goal the Wolf. They had Christmas under the shelter previously conveyed water to of Trinidad; but it beoame our ship from the Wolf in quite clear that all the holes boats. The same method of for German raiders in this transferring coal was dispart of the ocean had now cussed, but that idea was been stopped, and that they abandoned. At 5 P.M. she would have to coal in the open tied up alongside us. She sea or not at all. But the bumped into us with condisappointment was mitigated siderable foroo when she came by other wireless news re- up, and not many of us on ceived. The Commander of board the Igotz Mendi will the Wolf called all his men ever forget that night. Both together, and barangued them ships were rolling heavily and to the effeot that the latest repeatedly bumping into each
other, each ship quivering leaking to the extent of twelve from end to end, and the tons an hour. The Igotz Mendi funnel of the Igotz Mendi had come off better. None of was visibly shaking at every her plates were dented, she fresh collision. Sleep was im- was making no water, and possible for any one on our the only visible signs of damboat; in faet many feared to age to her were many twisted turn in at all, as they thought and bent stanobions on the some of the plates might be port side that met the Wolf. stove in. The next day was no We had been allowed to better, but rather worse. About sond letters for Christmas6 P.M. there was a great crash, censored, of course, by the which alarmed all; it was due Germans — to our Hitachi to the Wolf orashing into and friends on the Wolf; and oompletely smashing part of when the two ships were the bridge of our ship. This alongside we were allowed to was enough for the Germans. speak to them, though conThey decided to suspend opera- versation under such condi. tions, and at 7 P.M. the Wolf tions was very diffioult, es sheered off, having coaled 600 one minute our friends would tons in twenty - five hours. be several feet above us and The coaling process had the next below us, with the severely damaged the Wolf, rolling of the ship; and the many of whose plates were noise of the coaling, shouting badly dented. We had lost of orders, and roaring of the eighteen large fenders between water between the ships was the ships, and the Wolf was deafening.
marmerely dana procese hours bone minuto very diffione condi.
We had been encouraged The idea of the Wolf remainby the Germans to think - ing out till the war was over they had in fact definitely in six months was abandoned, told us-that the Igotz Mendi and we were told the Wolf with us on board was to would now go home to Gerbe sent to Spain when the many. Why we were told Germans released her. On this, the first time we had December 29, all of which been informed of the Wolf's and the previous day, together plans, we never knew, except with many Suoceeding days, that it might have been an were spent in transferring our excuse to keep dragging us cargo coal to our bunkers, the over the seas, for the Wolf Germans on our ship and on would never have allowed us the Wolf ostentatiously bade to get ashore before she each other good-bye, and letters reached Germany. Then we from prisoners on the Wolf really began to think we were were brought to us to post going to be landed in Spain, in Spain when we landed. and the news raised the spirits
of all of us. Those who had which to carry women and been learning Spanish before children into the North Atnow did 80 with redoubled lantio in mid-winter gales, and energy, and it seemed as if that people who had spent the end of our oruise, with many years in the tropics our freedom, was really in would not be able to stand sight, especially as the captain such weather, anprovided as had told some of us on the they were with winter cloth16th that in six weeks our ing; also that in case of discaptivity would be over. tress we could call for no Some of us, however, still help, as our wireless would inclined to the belief that the only receive and not send mesGermans would release the sages. The captain brushed ship and order her back to these complaints aside, saying Java or Colombo or Caloutta, the ship was in good trim while others believed we should and could stand any weather, altimately be landed in Dutch that it would only be intensely Guiana or Mexico.
cold on a very few days, that On the last day of the year arrangements would be made & rumour went round the ship that we should suffer as little that we should be taken far from the cold as possible, north to a point from which and that there was no great the Wolf could get to Gor- likelihood of our being in many before we could reach distress. Spain. That, in the opinion I then pointed out to him of most of us, put an end to that our own Government prothe prospects of landing in hibited our women from travelSpain. The Germans were not ling through the submarine likely to run any risk of zone at all, but that he proour giving information, and posed to send them through it after the ships had separated twice, and to give us a double there was still a chance of dose of the North Atlantio at the prize being intercepted the very worst time of the by an Allied oruiser before year. He replied that going the Wolf got home, and if north we should go nowhere that had happened the Wolf's near the submarine zone_he goose would have been cooked was just as anxious to avoid indeed. So Spain looked very submarines as we were-and improbable. I approached the when we parted, far up in captain on the last day of the North Atlantio, the Igotz the year and spoke to him Mendi would be given a “subon the point. He confirmed marine pass" guaranteeing her the ramour. I made a vigor- safety from attack by the ous, though I knew it would U-boats, and special lights to be quite a useless, protest burn at night. I replied that against this scheme. I pointed I failed to see the use of a out that the ship, which by "submarine pass," as U-boats then would be almost empty, torpedoed at sight, and would was not a suitable one in not trouble to ask for a pass. He replied by asking me if I about. We were all mystified had ever heard of a neutral as to what was going to boat being torpedood without happen, until we saw a sail on warning. I answered that I the horizon. The Wolf's pur. had heard of such being done pose was evident then. She many times, and reminded him was going back to destroy the that the Igotz Mendi was ship whose existence she had painted the Allied grey colour, forgiven in the morning. Imand therefore would not be agine the feelings of the crow recognised as a neutral, but of her prey, seeing the Wolf regarded by the U-boats as an bearing down on her in the enomy ship. He ended the morning, their suspense as to interview by saying that he their fate and that of their was carrying out the orders of ship, their joy at their release, the Wolf's commander, and and-here was the Wolf again. had no choice but to obey. What would their fate be now? This news of the Wolf's inten- The Wolf did not leave them tions angered us all, and we all long in doubt. She same up felt that there was very little to her prize about 5 P.M. She chance of ever seeing land was a four-masted barque in again, unless an Allied oruiser full sail, and made a beautiful came to our aid. We regarded pioture as she lay bathed in this plan of the Germans as a floods of golden light from the deliberate one to sink us and setting sun. Before dark, how. the ship when they had got ever, preparations had begun all they wanted out of her. to remove her officers and crew
The two ships had parted on and provisions, — she was in the evening of the 30th, both ballast from the Cape to going north, and we did not S. America, — and this was see the Wolf again till the completed in a few hours. We morning of January 4. She were invited by the Germans was then seen to be overhaul. to stay up and see the end. We ing a ship on the horizon. We waited up till past eleven and followed at a short distance, saw lights Aitting about the and before long saw a ship in doomed ship, as the German full sail. The Wolf approached sailors were removing some her, spoke her, and to our things, making fast others, and intense astonishment released placing the bombs to blow her her. It seemed too good to be up. But none waited up for true that the Wolf would leave the end, which we heard took any ship she met quite un- place after midnight. The molested, but so it was—for a ship first oanted over, her sails short time. It was between resting on the water, righted ten and eleven when the Wolf herself, and then slowly disand her prize proceeded on their appeared. It was a beautiful original course, and the sailing moonlight night for the comship orossed our course astern, mission of so dark a deed. The About 1.30 P.M., however, we Germans afterwards told us ohanged our course and turned that when the Wolf first spoke
deliberate when they baner.
the barque, she gave her name sheered off. On this occasion and said she was a Norwegian the way in which she came ship, and so was released. The alongside and sheered off was Wolf, they said, had after- & beautiful piece of seaman. wards discovered from her ship. On the 11th we again shipping register that she was saw and spoke to our Hitachi British-owned before the war, friends on the Wolf—the last and therefore to be destroyed. opportunity we had of speak
We had hoped our captors ing to them. On the next might have put us all on the day we crossed the Equator, sailing - ship and sent us off and then for some days we on her to S. America, as the saw the Wolf no more. Wolf would have been well On January 14 I apaway and out of danger before proached the captain and we could have got ashore. But asked him if the Germans on they did not entertain any such the Wolf, when they got to idea. Some of us requested Germany, would have any that the lifeboats of the sail. means of finding out whether ing-ship might be sent over to we on the Igotz Mendi had the Igotz Mendi, as we had only safely arrived in Spain. He two lifeboats, a couple of small replied that they would. I dinghies, and an improvised then asked him whether, if raft, not sufficient for sixty-five we were all lost on the Igotz people; but the Germans would Mendi on her return voyage not send us these lifeboats, as to Spain, the German Governthey said they were leaky! ment would inform the British
We remained in company of Government of our fate. He the Wolf for the next few days, replied that would certainly and at 7 P.M, on the 10th the be done. I further asked him Wolf again oame alongside in whether we might send letters the open sea and coaled from for the Wolf to have posted in as till 4 P.M, on the next day. Germany in the event of our Conditions were slightly better not arriving in Spain. Most than on the previous occasion, of us had to settle up our but still quite sufficiently un- affairs in some way in case pleasant. More fenders were we might be lost at sea, and lost, and the Wolf was further wished to write farewell letters damaged, and the great uproar to our home people. The oapcaused by the winches going tain said this might also be all night, the periodio empty- done, and the letters would ing of ashes, dragged in iron not be posted if the Igotz buckets over the iron deoks, Mendi, with us on board, got the shifting of coal from the baok safely to Spain. “But," bunkers immediately under. he added, ""we have changed neath our cabins, and the our plans, and now intend constant bamping of the ships, that you shall be landed in made sleep quite out of the Norway. It will be safer for question, and we were very you all, and you will not have glad indeed when the Wolf to risk meeting our submarines
1 indeed when were veryo Norway. It will be