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US Goods Bound For Germany Seized In England

With the recent announced blockade of the British Isle by Germany, the task of the US remaining neutral and attempting to carry on normal trade proves daunting.


Not only must the US now contend with being sunk by a belligerent German ship who might suspect smuggling, but US ships carrying goods to Germany can also be seized.

The SS Wilhelmina left New York City February 5, 1915 bound for Hamburg with a cargo of corn. While on the journey, the Wilhelmina ran into bad weather in the English Channel and to seek safety in the port of Falmouth, England.

SS Wilhelmina

SS Wilhelmina

On February 9, 1915, the SS Wilhemina was seized by British authorities on the grounds of a German Government decree about foodstuffs to be seized by the State. If the State takes the grain then it becomes part of the government and therefore contraband.


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