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Le camp d’internés 1914-1919

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The Austrian steam ship “Gradac”
Article published on 5 June 2015

by Gérard
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Crossing from Taganrog (Russian port of the Black Sea) to Antwerp. She has made a stopover in Zounguldak (Turkey) from 21st till 22nd July 1914, when she is intercepted, on The Austrian ship “Gradac”, registered in Ragusa (today Dubrovnik, in Croatia) makes the August 7th, 1914, by 49 ° of latitude North and 4°30 ’ of longitude West by the French cruiser “Desaix”. Besides 4 800 tons of lentils, millet and barley which are seized, 6 officers and 18 crew members are captured. The captain, Anton Batinic, will pass 7 months in Ile Longue. Three members of her crew will also be interned in this camp.

Report of the capture by the chief administrator Armand Le Hénaff

“On August 7th 1914, at nine o’clock in the evening being by 4°5 of the longitude West and 49 of the latitude North, I undersign Le Hénaff Armand Antoine, police commissioner of 1st class of the navy, appointed for that purpose by the commander, came aboard the Austrian vapor Gradac, registered in Ragusa, coming from Tangarog and bound for Antwerp and Rotterdam having stopped over in Zoungundldak (Turkey) from July 21th to 22nd 1914 under the command of Mr Batinic.

The ship is summoned to stop and after verification of its papers, noticing that it is of Austrian nationality, and since it results from the bills of lading that the aforementioned ship transports approximately four thousand eight hundred tons of lentils, millet, barley, and wheat bound for Antwerp and Rotterdam. The total reaching in all respects more than half of the loading, I declared the ship seized with the aim to divert it to a port of capture. I was handed the papers of the ship.

  1. Register certificate
  2. crew list
  3. Twenty seven bills of lading in the name of Mr Louis Dreyfus and Co.
  4. Status certificate
  5. Health certificate
  6. Receipts of the administration of the light houses
  7. Diverse certificates (Suez Canal - Llyod register - Véritas - Customs receipts - certificate of tonnage - Test papers)
  8. Long term Navigation Log book
  9. Log book

Which were handed over in a sealed package. Apart from the ship documents, I drew up an inventory of the ship and its load and a basic inventory of the effects and nautical instruments belonging to the captain and its crew.

I had the hatches of the holds closed and eleven seals affixed.

Required to affix also his seal on the aforementioned packages (documents) and the openings the captain of the Gradac proceeded to this operation.

Of all which precedes, I drew up a statement in double, of which, one was given to the captain of the Gradac, who signed it after reading.

Signed: Batinic and Le Hénaff "

Sources: Service historique de la défense (marine), (Historical Department of Defence (navy)), SSEa 397. departmental archives of Finistère 9 R 90 and 9 R 92

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