I am puzzled by one of the entries in the Carnarvon's logs:
26 December 1914, 5.00pm:
"Boarded German Steamer Sierra Cordova"
- and that's it.
I don't understand why apparently no action was taken. Assuming "Sierra Cordova" to be the same ship as the "Sierra Cordoba" this is her story according to the Wreck Site:
"Ruth Alexander SS was the North German Lloyd ship SIERRA CORDOBA. This was an 8,226 ton ship, 439ft x 56ft, twin screw, speed 13 knots, accommodation for 1,740 passengers. Built 1913 by A.G. Vulcan, Stettin, she sailed between Bremen, Antwerp, Rio, Montevideo and Buenos Aires. In August 1914 she sheltered in Montevideo after delivering there prisoners from ships sunk by the German raider KRONPRINZ WILHELM.
On 18th January 1915 she left there with a cargo of coal for a rendezvous with the DRESDEN near Tierra del Fuego (The DRESDEN was the sole survivor of the Battle of the Falklands) The coal was transferred in lifeboats. February 1915 arrived Valparaiso and on 6th March 1915 left there with another load of coal for the DRESDEN, now hidden in Juan Fernandez Island. DRESDEN was later sunk th ere by HMS GLASGOW. SIERRA CORDOBA was then interned at Callao. In September 1917 she was seized by Peruvian authorities and renamed CALLAO. September 1918 towed to California for repairs after being damaged by German crew in 1917. Initially used as a US Navy transport, in 1921 she was sold to the American owned Dollar Line and chartered to the Admiral Line, Seattle for coastal passenger services. 1923 renamed RUTH ALEXANDER.
1938 Dollar Line was taken over by the US Maritime Commission and in 1939 the RUTH ALEXANDER was taken over by American President Lines, rebuilt as a cargo ship and put under the Panamanian flag. On 31st December 1941 she was sunk by Japanese torpedo bombers off Balikpapan while escaping from Manila in the of Strait Makassar."
I am completely at a loss as to why the Carnarvon did not seize the Sierra Cordova/Cordoba!
it's because we were in Argentine(or Chilean?) territorial waters? In which case it seems odd that it was permissible to board the ship?