Airship gop-stop

4-01-2018, 22:17
I want to share one curious episode of the First World War. It is interesting because in the role of the main antiheroes of this story are not the usual Kaiser divers, but the fleet aeronauts of His Imperial Majesty. Capturing the vessel with a zeppelin - you will agree, is a rather unusual precedent in the short, dramatic and in all respects vivid history of military airships.
Victim.
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The three-masted Norwegian bark Royal, having taken on board a cargo of timber for Britain, waited for stormy weather in Langesund. In order not to laze the team sprawled over the port taverns, Cap Torstensen took it up with the repair of the utlegary, and so on Easter Eve 1917. Royal finally headed for Aberdeen.
Hunter.
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Zeppelin Q-class with a tactical number L 23 (factory index LZ 66) - 18 sailors, engineers and junior officers under the command of the club Ludwig Bockholt - while on patrol over the North Sea, at a height of 3000m, discovered a bark fifty miles from the floating lighthouse shoals horns reef. Cautious bokholt fearingthat a seemingly innocent sailboat could well have been armed with a trap vessel, circulating for some time at an altitude of 500m, studying the vessel until it was convinced that the victim was unarmed.
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Finally, confident that the zeppelin, which was fatally vulnerable at short range, would not be threatened, Bokholt forced the Royal to a halt by simply throwing a bomb right on the course of the boat. Kap Torstensen decided not to tempt fate, ordered to remove the sails and go to drift.
According to the memoirs of the Norwegian junior Frederick Nordley, the sight of a hundred-eight-meter monster landing near the sailboat was impressive. The Norwegian captain promptly sent a boat carrying ship papers and a cargo manifest to the zeppelin. Bokholt, after examining the paper, came to the conclusion that the forest was intended for the production of mine supports, therefore it was smuggling and was confiscated. The prize crew of three was sent aboard the Royal, and Captain Torstensen was ordered to proceed to German Cuxhaven.
Fate
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For the team of the Norwegian barge, everything ended well - on May 10, it was delivered to Copenhagen with full strength,where captain Torstensen gave a laconic and unnoticed interview to The Times - the newsmen were not particularly interested in such a bloodless story involving the airship, because did not fit into the image of "baby-killers" zeppelin - "The Baby Killers".
Funny, but the postal service of the tiny Central African state of Sao Tome and Principe to the 150th anniversary of Count von Zeppelin released a series of stamps, one of which depicts the scene described above:
Airship gop-stop
L 23, which by the end of his career had 51 patrols, three raids on Britain and 5 tons of dropped bombs, was destroyed on August 21, 1917. Lieutenant of the Royal Naval Aviation, Bernard A. Smart, who had raised his Sopwith popes from the light cruiser “Harmouth” (HMS Yarmouth).

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