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Built 1928  

Tonnage 3,895 / 6,350 tons

Cargo: 5,600 tons of wheat  

Route: Montevideo - Freetown Sierra Leone - UK

Sunk 07 DEC 39 by Adm Graf Spee on pos. 25º 01”S 27º 50” W.    

0 Dead   

32 Survivors taken as POW   

On 6/Dec/1939, Adm. Graf spee rendezvoused for the last time with Altmark when once again the raider took some fuel from the latter. Fortunes had been on the side of German Graf Spee until then, but the British grip was tightening and her capture was a matter of time, when Graf Spee once again transferred his human cargo to the Supply ship Altmark and fuel was taken on. Cap. Langsdorf  in a bold move decided to prowl the waters a little closer to Brazilian coast where that hunting ground was quite promising. And he was rewarded when on 7/Dec/39 some 1200 miles of Santa Catarina state she stopped the British Streonshalh.  

That merchant had departed an Argentinean port heading for England loaded with wheat. As of the previous occasions the crew was ordered to abandon ship, and the steamer was sent to the bottom of the south Atlantic  on position 25º01"S 27º50"W. Still confident in his luck Cap. Langsdorf decided to move to the waters adjacent to Rio da Plata where fatally he would catch another victim. This time fortunes turned the side and the hunter became hunted.  

Merchant Streonshalh seen from the stern of the Adm Graf Spee. Notice on both sides the quadruples torpedo launchers. The crew of the merchant watches their ship. Picture by Michael Pocock 

Streonshalh in her agony is hit hard with the shells from Graf Spee. Picture by Michael Pocock

Streonshalh waits for the coup de grace. In minutes she will plummet beneath the waves. Picture by Michael Pocock



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