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    British Liner captured by a German cruiser off the Canary Islands.

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    SLATE INFORMATION: Captured by a German cruiser: thrilling adventure of a British Liner

    SLATE INFORMATION: The Union Castle steamship "Galician", from Cape Town to Southampton, was, on Aug.15th, when off Teneriffe, signalled to stop by the German cruiser "Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse"

    SLATE INFORMATION: The "Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse" had been transformed from a liner whilst at sea, six heavy guns & 24 machine guns being mounted


    German cruiser at sea

    SLATE INFORMATION: Bearing down on the "Galician" at a speed of 24 knots, the cruiser signalled the liner to "heave-to". The marconi operator sent out the "S.O.S" distress signal & the cruiser ordered "Cease communication or we sink you."

    Wireless operator onboard the "Galician"

    SLATE INFORMATION: The German officers boarded the "Galician" & inspected the officers & crew. As all cameras were ordered below, the operator secured pictures under great difficult & at considerable risk

    German cruiser at sea / German boarding party in rowing boat coming alongside "Galician" (2 shots)

    LV. low angle shot. Look-out on mast of "Galician" / White ensign being run up / German boarding party

    SLATE INFORMATION: Prisoners of War. Lieut.J. Deane, 1st Batt.East Lancs. Regt. & Gunner C.Shurmer, Royal Garrison Artillery, coming home on furlough were captured as prisoners of war

    Deane & Shurmer (individual shots)

    SLATE INFORMATION: Having ordered the prisoners into the cutter & insisted upon the captain of the "Galician" following a course indicated, the officers rowed back to the cruiser

    Boarding party leaving the"Galician"

    SLATE INFORMATION: All through the night the liner ws forced to steam south, out the British cruisers answering her early call for help were searching. The wireless calls were intercepted by the German cruiser, the liner was allowed to proceed & the cruiser ran away

    Shots of German cruiser / Passengers on board "Galician" posing for photograph

    SLATE INFORMATION: Since this raid the cruiser has been sunk by H.M.S. Highflyer
    Background: British Liner captured by a German cruiser off the Canary Islands.

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    Reuters - Gaumont Graphic Newsreel
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