STORM AND COMPANY

STORM AND COMPANY

WILLIAM STORM JAMESON

In 1915 Captain Jameson was master of the Saxon Prince and with a crew of 35 he sailed to Buenos Aires and New Orleans. He took on a cargo of cotton and wheat for a return voyage and was about 600 miles south of Ireland when he was overtaken by the Mowe under the command of Count Nikolaus von Dohna Schlodien. The Mowe (Seagull) was a fast disguised German surface raider with concealed big guns and some 500 mines able to creep up close to merchantmen and then sink them.

The Mowe was flying no flag but signalled the Saxon Prince to stop, hoisted the German ensign, and fired a shot. She then lowered two boats with four officers and crews who then boarded the Saxon Prince. They examined and took possession of the ship's papers and valuables and ordered the crew aboard the Mowe. The Mowe then sank the Saxon Prince by means of explosive devices with time fuses.

The Mowe returned to Germany with her prisoners arriving in Wilhelmshaven on 3 March 1916. The Saxon Prince's crew were initially sent to Hameln POW camp and then to Ruhleben civilian internment camp. Jameson's health deteriorated and he was admitted to Dr Weller's sanatorium in Cherlottenberg and then to the infirmary at Brandenberg POW camp in November. Conditions were primitive.

         
    "...at Brandenburg the Commander asked us if we would volunteer to go to the Post Office for our parcels, as owing to the scarcity of labour and horses he could not guarantee getting our parcels regularly.
We went for our parcels, and had to drag the cart a few times"
 
         

After two more moves he joined a prisoner of war exchange in Montreux, Switzerland on 27 December 1917 and was finally repatriated to England in February 1918.

By November 1918 he was back in command as master of the Celtic Prince and was awarded the MBE on 30 March 1920.

The foregoing account is an abstract of a 5 page article by Alan Bowgen in the Ancestors magazine of February 2008.

A more personal view of William Storm Jameson may be found in his daughter's autobiography. His daughter, the novelist Margaret Storm Jameson, wrote a two volume account of her life with the title Journey from the North. At one point she refers to her father "........as a sea captain he had excellence in the highest degree. To the marrow of his bones and the smallest cell in his brain he was a good seaman."

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