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US Navy prize crew aboard the seized German blockade runner Odenwald in the South Atlantic, 6 Nov 1941. The Odenwald had been disguised as the US-flag ship Willmoto carrying rubber from Japan to Germany.

Caption   US Navy prize crew aboard the seized German blockade runner Odenwald in the South Atlantic, 6 Nov 1941. The Odenwald had been disguised as the US-flag ship Willmoto carrying rubber from Japan to Germany. ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Navy
Identification Code   80-G-464023
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Added By David Stubblebine
Added Date 1 May 2017

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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
9 Dec 2016 08:49:44 PM

Odenwald was taken to Puerto Rico. An admiralty court ruled that since the ship was illegally claiming American registration, there was sufficient grounds for confiscation. The crews of the two American ships, Omaha and Sommers, claimed salvage rights to Odenwald because the attempt by her crew to scuttle the ship prior to seizure was the equivalent of abandoning her. The court case, settled in 1947, ruled the members of the boarding party and the prize crew were entitled to $3,000 apiece while all the other crewmen were entitled to two months’ pay and allowances. This was the last prize money awarded by the US Navy.

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