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The story of how a fast German fourmasted barque endeavored to outdistance a British warship is told in ' Lake's Falmouth Packet.' It says: —"The capture of the Ponapo wa3 a most exciting affair. She had come from Iquique (Chile) in 80 days. A British warship saw her with every stitch of canvas set, and bowling along at a great rate. Signals were hoisted on the cruiser, but Captain Hamm, of the German, did not respond, and it was evident that he was not going to bo captured without making a bold bid to escape. His ship was travelling faster than some steamers, and it so happened that the battleship which was bent on capturing the Ponape had been laid up in Devonport for some time, and had not done much hard steaming of late. A couple of blank shots were fired with the object of inducing the Ponape to surrender, but sho kept on, and at ono time looked as if she was beating the battleship in the race. However, the warship's stokers and engineering staff got to work, and it was evident that steam was to triumph over sail. It is stated that the captain of the man-o'-war ordered a live shell to be fired at the German, and it was only when this order was actually carried out and the signal was made ' Stop, or we'll sink you.' that the Ponape came round ami surrendered. The Ponape was subseouently taken into Falmouth."
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TAKEN TO FALMOUTH, Evening Star, Issue 15656, 21 November 1914
TAKEN TO FALMOUTH Evening Star, Issue 15656, 21 November 1914
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