SMS Cormoran


SMS Cormoran, the second ship with this name, was 0riginally a former Russian steam freighter that was confiscated by the German cruiser SMS Emden 4.August 1914. She was taken to the German colony in Tsingtao in China and refitted as an armored merchantman and raider. After she left Tsingtao she was hunted down by Japanese warships, and they were forced to seek harbor in Guam. Here she laid interned until 7.April 1917 until the USA joined the war. She was scuttled to prevent the ship to fall in American hands, and the crew who had lived a laid back life in Guam was taken as prisoners of war and interned in the US. The wreck rest today on her starboard side next to the wreck of the Japanese steam freighter Tokai Maru on a depth of approximately 30 meter in Apra Harbor.

Former names:
SMS Cormoran

Tons: Built: Home Port:
3521 grt
Elbing ( D ) 1909 Tsingtao ( D )

13° 27′ 33″ N, 144° 39′ 15″ E
( Source: Guampedia )

Picture: Cormoran
Courtesy of Guampedia