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Scuttling Of SMS Cormoran
See also: Hindu–German Conspiracyv t eCommand of the Oceans, 1914–15Zanzibar Madras Papeete Tsingtao Rufiji Delta Penang Coronel Cocos Falklands Más a Tierra GuamThe Scuttling of SMS Cormoran off Guam
Guam
on April 7, 1917 was the result of the United States
United States
entry into World War I
World War I
and the internment of the German merchant raider SMS Cormoran. The incident was the only hostile encounter between United States
United States
and German military forces during the Pacific Ocean
Pacific Ocean
campaign of the war.Contents1 Background 2 Scuttling 3 See also 4 ReferencesBackground[edit] SMS Cormoran was originally a passenger and cargo ship, named SS Ryaezan and built by the Germans in 1909 for the Russian merchant fleet
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Special
Special
Special
or specials may refer to:Contents1 Music 2 Film and television 3 Other uses 4 See alsoMusic[edit] Special
Special
(album), a 1992
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Fort
Fortifications are military constructions, or buildings, designed for the defense of territories in warfare and also used to solidify rule in a region during peace time. For many thousands of years, humans have constructed defensive works in a variety of increasingly complex designs. The term is derived from the Latin
Latin
fortis ("strong") and facere ("to make"). From very early history to modern times, walls have often been necessary for cities to survive in an ever-changing world of invasion and conquest. Some settlements in the Indus Valley Civilization
Indus Valley Civilization
were the first small cities to be fortified. In ancient Greece, large stone walls had been built in Mycenaean Greece, such as the ancient site of Mycenae
Mycenae
(famous for the huge stone blocks of its 'cyclopean' walls)
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SMS Cormoran
Two ships have been known as SMS Cormoran:SMS Cormoran (1892), an unprotected cruiser built by the German Kaiserliche Marine SMS Cormoran (1909), a Russian transport ship captured by the German raider SMS Emden and commissioned as an auxiliary cruiser during World War IThis article includes a list of ships with the same or similar names. If an internal link for a specific ship led you here, you may wish to change the link to point directly to the intended ship article, if
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SMS Emden (1908)
SMS Emden
Emden
("His Majesty's Ship Emden")[a] was the second and final member of the Dresden class of light cruisers built for the Imperial German Navy (Kaiserliche Marine). Named for the town of Emden, she was laid down at the Kaiserliche Werft (Imperial Dockyard) in Danzig
Danzig
in 1906. Her hull was launched in May 1908, and completed in July 1909. She had one sister ship, Dresden. Like the preceding Königsberg-class cruisers, Emden
Emden
was armed with ten 10.5 cm (4.1 in) guns and two torpedo tubes. Emden
Emden
spent the majority of her career overseas in the German East Asia Squadron, based in Tsingtao, in the Kiautschou Bay concession
Kiautschou Bay concession
in China. In 1913, she came under the command of Karl von Müller, who would captain the ship during World War I
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Korea
Korea
Korea
(/kəˈriːə/) is a historical region in East Asia; since 1945, it has been divided into two distinct sovereign states: North Korea (officially the "Democratic People's Republic of Korea") and South Korea
Korea
(officially the "Republic of Korea"). Located on the Korean Peninsula, Korea
Korea
is bordered by China
China
to the northwest and Russia
Russia
to the northeast. It is separated from Japan
Japan
to the east by the Korea Strait and the Sea of Japan
Japan
(East Sea). Korea
Korea
emerged as a singular political entity in 676 AD, after centuries of conflict among the Three Kingdoms of Korea, which were unified as Unified Silla
Unified Silla
to the south and Balhae
Balhae
to the north
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SMS Cormoran (1909)
Cormoran
Cormoran
(/ˈkɔːrməræn/ or /ˈkɔːrmərən/) is a giant associated with St. Michael's Mount
St. Michael's Mount
in the folklore of Cornwall. Local tradition credits him with creating the island, in some versions with the aid of his wife Cormelian, and using it as a base to raid cattle from the mainland communities. Cormoran
Cormoran
appears in the English fairy tale "Jack the Giant Killer" as the first giant slain by the hero, Jack, and in tales of "Tom the Tinkeard" as a giant too old to present a serious threat.Contents1 Origin 2 Appearances2.1 Local traditions 2.2 Jack the Giant Killer 2.3 Tom the Tinkeard3 ReferencesOrigin[edit] One of many giants featured in Cornish folklore, the character derives from local traditions about St. Michael's Mount
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Merchant Raider
Merchant raiders are armed commerce raiding ships that disguise themselves as non-combatant merchant vessels. History[edit] Germany
Germany
used several merchant raiders early in World War I (1914–1918), and again early in World War II
World War II
(1939–1945). The most famous[citation needed] captain of a German merchant raider, Felix von Luckner, used the sailing ship SMS Seeadler for his voyage (1916–1917). The Germans used a sailing ship at this stage of the war because coal-fired ships had limited access to fuel outside of territories held by the Central Powers
Central Powers
due to international regulations concerning refueling of combat ships in neutral countries. Germany
Germany
sent out two waves of six surface raiders each during World War II. Most of these vessels were in the 8,000–10,000 long tons (8,100–10,200 t) range
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Imperial Germany
The German Empire
German Empire
(German: Deutsches Kaiserreich, officially Deutsches Reich),[5][6][7][8] also known as Imperial Germany,[9] was the German nation state[10] that existed from the Unification of Germany
Unification of Germany
in 1871 until the abdication of Kaiser Wilhelm II
Wilhelm II
in 1918. It was founded in 1871 when the south German states joined the North German Confederation. On January 1st, the new constitution came into force that changed the name of the federal state and introduced the title of emperor for Wilhelm I, King of Prussia
King of Prussia
from the Hohenzollern dynasty.[11] Berlin
Berlin
remained its capital. Otto von Bismarck
Otto von Bismarck
remained Chancellor, the head of government
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World War I
Allied victoryCentral Powers' victory on the Eastern Front nullified by defeat on the Western Front Fall of the German, Russian, Ottoman, and Austro-Hungarian empires Russian Civil War
Russian Civil War
and foundation of the Soviet Union Formation of new countries in Europe
Europe
and the Middle East Transfer of German colonies
German colonies
and regions of the former Ottoman Empire to other powers Establishment of the League of Nations
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Apra Harbor
Apra Harbor
Harbor
is a deep-water port on the western side of the United States territory of Guam. The harbor is formed by Orote Peninsula
Orote Peninsula
in the south and Cabras Island
Cabras Island
in the north. To the south, the harbor narrows and then widens again to form an inner harbor. The southern end of the harbor is the location of Naval Base Guam. The northern end is the commercial port, which handles about 2 million tons of cargo a year. It is considered one of the best natural ports in the Pacific and attracts many tourists. Past and future use[edit] Apra comes from the Chamorro word apapa 'low.' Apapa is the original name for what is now Cabras Island. During Spanish rule, a saint’s name was added and the area became known as the port of San Luis de Apra. Since 1898, ships that burned coal, and later petroleum products, used Guam's ports, mainly Apra
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American Entry Into World War I
The American entry into World War I
World War I
came in April 1917, after more than two and a half years of efforts by President Woodrow Wilson
Woodrow Wilson
to keep the United States
United States
out of the war. Apart from an Anglophile element urging early support for the British, American public opinion reflected that of the president: the sentiment for neutrality was particularly strong among Irish Americans, German Americans
German Americans
and Scandinavian Americans,[1] as well as among church leaders and among women in general
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Schooner
A schooner /ˈskuːnər/ is a type of sailing vessel with fore-and-aft sails on two or more masts. The most common type has two masts, the foremast being shorter than the main. While the schooner was originally gaff-rigged, modern schooners typically carry a Bermuda rig.Contents1 Etymology 2 History 3 Usage 4 Schooner
Schooner
sail plan4.1 Schooner
Schooner
rationale5 Multi-masted schooners 6 Famous schooners 7 Gallery 8 See also 9 References 10 External linksEtymology[edit]Rig of topsail schooner Shenandoah at anchor without sailsThe first detailed definition of a schooner, describing the vessel as two-masted vessel with fore and aft gaff-rigged sails appeared in 1769 in William Falconer's, Universal Dictionary of the Marine.[1] According to the language scholar Walter William Skeat, the term schooner comes from scoon, while the sch spelling comes from the later adoption of the Dutch spelling ("schoener")
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USS Supply (1873)
USS Supply, ex-Illinois, was a schooner-rigged iron steamer built in 1873 by William Cramp and Sons
William Cramp and Sons
of Philadelphia. Illinois was purchased by the Navy Department
Navy Department
from the International Navigation Company
International Navigation Company
on 30 April 1898 for $325,000.00 and commissioned as Supply, Lt. Comdr. R. R. Ingersoll in command.Contents1 Service history1.1 Spanish–American war 1.2 Peacetime service 1.3 First World War 1.4 Decommission2 Footnotes 3 ReferencesService history[edit] Spanish–American war[edit] Supply was used as the supply ship for the fleet in Cuban waters during the Spanish–American War. The ship was decommissioned at the New York Navy Yard
New York Navy Yard
on 28 April 1899
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