Hunter & Prey
The former freighter
o was to become Germany¶s most successful surfacewarship in World War I. As the auxiliary navy cruiser,
e, she was fitted outwith five deck guns, 2 torpedo tubes and 500 mines. In November of 1915 sheset out to raid the North Atlantic. For the next year and a half she sunk or captured close to 50 Allied ships, possibly making her the most successfulwarship of all time.In total, she is credited for either capturing or destroying more than 50 ships,including the British Navy's flagship of WWI, the battleship
King Edward the 7
.In addition, she also sunk several merchant ships sailing from Canada.In December of 1916 she caught the CPR ship,
west of the Azores.Aboard the small passenger liner was a shipment of food items and horsesdestined for the Western Front. And, unknown to all but a few; there was also on board a collection of rare dinosaur fossils being shipped to the British Museum inLondon. These were excavated in, what is today, Dinosaur Provincial Park insouthern Alberta. The ship was scuttled and the fossils were lost with her.