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6th January
written by Richard

A front-page headline in the San Diego Union screamed the news: “AMERICAN GUNBOAT TAKES HUN RAIDER OFF MEXICAN COAST.”  Less than a year after America’s entry into World War I, San Diegans were riveted by reports of a captured German raider ship “set to create havoc with Pacific coast shipping.”

Three U. S. Navy gunboats had taken their prize fifteen miles off the coast of Mazatlan on March 19, 1918.  Heavily armed and reportedly flying the flag of the Kaiser’s Imperial Navy. . .

Read the complete story of The German Raider.

The German “raider” Alexander Agassiz


  1. George Lane

    I was thrilled to read the article about the German Raiders caught on-board the Alexander Agassiz which was captured by the USS Vicksburg and towed to San Diego on Mar. 29, 1918. Yesterday I found a series of photographs taken by the Army Signal Corps of the that event. I suspect they were classified and some how never were published. There are 4 images now on my Flickr album [first four images]. They are in the public domain and can be download in Original Size from my album or from Record Group 111 at the National Archives.

  2. 10/09/2018

    George, don’t know why I didn’t see your note earlier. The pics you found for the Alexander Agassiz affair are excellent. Thanks. –Rick

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