Cruise of the Sea Eagle
The story of Imperial Germany’s Gentleman Pirate
On December 21, 1916, a three-masted sailing ship slipped out of the river Weser in Northern Germany.
Her captain had false papers, a deliberately damaged logbook, and a young sailor with a blonde wig to
pose as his wife. The ship sailed under a false flag and even her name – the Hero – was a ruse. So begins
the amazing true story of The Cruise of the Sea Eagle, the account of Felix von Luckner, the Imperial
German Navy raider set upon the high seas of WWI to sink Britain’s vital wartime supply ships.
Using sheer determination, pluck and quick wits, von Luckner steered clear of the British Navy to board
and sink as many merchant ships as possible. Within a month, he had already claimed three vessels. But
unlike Germany’s vaunted submarine fleet, the gentleman pirate made room on his ship for all prisoners
and never fired a shot unless it was unavoidable.
Stealth, trickery and bravado together with the collaboration of captured prisoners all helped von
Luckner’s wind powered ship overcome his more powerful enemies providing us with a thrilling
adventure story of bluff, piracy and above all gentlemanly conduct on the high seas.
Dimensions: 234mm x 156mm
Photos/Illus: 30 b&w photographs