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135m x 17.1m x 7.9m
6 x 15cm guns
3 x 5.2cm guns
4 x 500mm torpedoes
Her top speed was only 11 knots. Her advantages included deception (fake funnel and masts which could be erected or lowered to change her appearance), false sides which kept her weapons hidden until the last possible moment, and a range of over 32,000 miles due to a coal bunker capacity of 8,000 tons.
Armed with six 15 cm guns, three 5.2-cm guns and several smaller caliber weapons, four 500mm torpedo tubes plus 465 sea mines. Also, a Friedrichshafen FF.33 seaplane nicknamed "Wolfchen" (Little Wolf) with fuselage number 841. Piloted by Leutnant-flieger Matthaus Stein and co-piloted by Oberflugmeister Paul Fabeck, also the mechanic.
After intercepting a radio message, Wolf stalked SS Matunga bound for Rabaul and captured her on August 6, 1917 forty-six crew and passengers were taken Prisoners Of War (POWs). Afterwards, the pair steamed for a week until reaching Offak Bay (Fofak Bay) at Waigeo Island where 500 tons of coal and liquor were transferred from the captured vessel. On August 26, 1917 Matunga was scuttled a few miles out to sea by SMS Wolf.
On September 26, 1917 captured the Hitachi Maru after a battle south of Maldives. Afterwards, anchored together at Suvadiva Atoll where the captured vessel's cargo was removed. On November 7, 1917 scuttled Cargados Carajos Islands.
During February 1918 after 451 days at seas Wolf returned to Kiel, completing the longest voyage of a German warship during World War I without any support. Aboard were 467 Prisoners Of War (POWs) captured during the voyage. In addition she carried substantial quantities of rubber, copper, zinc, brass, silk, copra, cocoa, and other materials captured. Afterwards, Captain Nerger was awarded the highest German decoration, the Pour le Mérite.
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