Count Felix von Luckner's early years and some pictures

Hi Mac,
Have these photo`s in my file,of the "Pass of Balmaha" later renamed as the German Raider,"Seeadler"
Warm regards,   
Noel Hall


Thank you for the photos, may I add them to my Seeadler page please?


Hi Mac,
By all means use them in your excellent web page on Seeadler or as earlier known as Pass of Balmaha.
 I include a photo of Count Felix von Luckner the German Naval Officer in command of this ship 1916-1917, did you know that this Count had run away from Germany at the age of 14 at Hamburg and as unpaid seaman,on the Niobe, a Russian full rigged ship for sailing to Freemantle Aus and the trip took 80 days to Fremantle, and after going with some German seamen he met there went to the Hotel Royal and the owners daughter persuaded him to leave the ship and work for the hotel which he did and joined the Salvo`s there and became a sensation with the Salvo`s after telling them he had run away from Germany and was a Count and they used him in their religious War Cry and the attendances trebled then, and he said my old man wanted me to join the Army and now I have joined I will become a lieutenant in the Salvo`s but the Salvo`s were very good to him and got him a job at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse as an assistant.

Everything was fine till he got tangled up with Eva ,the Keepers daughter and was found kissing her, and her father told him he would kill him so Count took off leaving all his belongings behind. But came back after dark and took one of the horses as to the value of his belongings and rode to Port Augusta, seems a long way to ride a horse.

He worked in the sawmill there and then gave a Norwegian all the money that he had and his watch for his rifle and went out into the scrub and shot some kangaroo`s there but the solitude nearly sent him off my brain, and he came back to Port Augusta and when on the wharf there a travelling troupe of Indian Fakirs were unloading their gear and they offered him the job of looking after their horses and erecting tents and all the other odd jobs around this magicians show and he travelled all over Australia with them.

When the Troupe reached Fremantle, his old friends at the hotel, said no more Salvo`s and gingerbeer for you  "by Joe" his favourite saying, while on the beach at Fremantle just after he turned 16, a man approached him and said you would make a great boxer, would you like a fight for money and he said yes and trained him at the gym and paid for his fights and took him to Brisbane but after 3months he tired of this and quietly was hired as an able bodied seaman at the age of 16yrs at a pay of  USA$45 a month on the Golden Shore for Honololu and San Francisco and Vancouver where him and his mate Nauke left the ship and went fishing but took one of the native sailboats and they were fired on so took of with fright and sailed out to sea but luckily were able to sail to Seattle and after meeting German sailors there were given money and food and tried to return the boat back to the natives but were caught and hauled before the Vancouver Court and after explaining were put on good behaviour bonds for a few weeks.

He then signed on the Pinmore at Vancouver and sailed to San Francisco and then took the longest uninterrupted voyage of his life which took 285 days to sail around Cape Horn to Liverpool and 6 men died of scurvy and beri beri and the rest of the crew were so ill that nobody could climb and after landing he spent 2 weeks in hospital there and  after he went to Hamburg and vowed that he would not see his father till he was a Naval Officer,so off to sea for a few more years and broke his leg on a ship at Jamaica and finally after more sailing ships arrived back in Hamburg and joined the Naval Reserve on shore duties and studied hard for the Navy Officers postion he now so desperatly wanted and finally came to pass and visited his parents at Halle and all was forgiven for him running away at 14 yrs of age.
P.S. When the Count was on the Seeadler he actually sank the Pinmore on Feb 19,1917 on the Equator in the Atlantic. He was called to active service in the German Navy Feb 3, 1912
Cheers and best wishes, 
Noel Hall.

Hi Mac,
Have these photo`s in my file,of the "Pass of Balmaha" later renamed as the German Raider,"Seeadler"
Warm regards,
Noel Hal

Count Felix von Lucnker 1919 Naval Officer of Seeadler, 1916-1917

Pass of Balmaha later named Seeadler

Seeadler on Moopelia Reef 2-8-1917

Seeadler on Moopelia Reef 2-8-1917


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