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Monday, March 12, 2012

In the wake of the 'Sea Devil'

Hapag-Lloyd HANSEATIC

Felix Count of Luckner
IN 1917, the shipwrecked German skipper of a commerce raider, Seeadler, took a 10m lifeboat from the Society Islands to Fiji in an attempt to rescue his stranded crew and the prisoners they had accumulated.

Felix Count of Luckner, was of the old school of gentleman sailors who would not spill blood without just cause. Despite sinking numerous vessels during his raids in the South Pacific, there was only one accidental casualty in all these incidents.

But the stories don’t end there and even after the war, von Luckner, a powerfully built and dominant character became a hero of a different kind.

Beginning in March, Rod will journey along the course taken by von Luckner while aboard the luxury German adventure vessel, the 184-passenger HANSEATIC, currently the only such vessel to receive a Berlitz 5-star rating.

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