Saturday, 8 July 2017

Several German merchant ships seek refugee at Callao, Peru according to the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf dated 23 September 1939

British Leander-class light cruiser

An item dated Callao, Peru 21st reported the arrival of the British cruiser Achilles (1) coming from the South for victuals, Shortly afterwards arrived the German cargo ship Leipzig coming from Guayaquil, Ecuador loaded with cargo for Callao. The Achilles was to depart in the evening. The Leipzig was probably to stay together with 4 other ships which seek refugee there the same month.

1. Building ordered on 16 February 1931, launched at Cammell Laird, Birkenhead, England on 11 June 1931. Launched on 1 September 1932, commissioned on 10 October 1933, loaned to New Zealand in 1936, participated in the Battle of the River Plata against the German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee on 13 December 1939, served in the Royal New Zealand Navy as HMNZS Achilles 1941- 17 September 1946, then again part of the Royal British Navy 1946-194, sold to India in 1948 becoming the HIMS Delhi, commissioned on 5 July 1948, decommissioned on 30 June 1978 and finally broken up in 1978. Pennant 70. Of the Leander-class light cruisers consisting of the Leander, Orion, Neptune, Ajax, Achilles, Amphion, Apollo and Sydney). With the Leander and the Perth-Sydney-Hobart forming sub classes. Preceded by the Emerald class and succeeded by the Arethusa-class.