Ayesha and SMS Emden


The "Ayesha"

A Great Adventure

The escape of the Landing Squad 

of the"Emden"


Hellmuth von Mücke (who was the First Officer of the Emden)

Edited, with an account of

the career of the


by J.G. Lockhart

issued 1930 and 1933



Captain von Müller of SMS Emden

Even in England, he was very well respected.

Source: "Emden" Prince Franz Joseph of Hohenzollern's book of ≈ 1926

He commanded SMS Emden, during its most successful raiding tour in the Golf of Bengal and the Indian Ocean.

After the destruction of the Emden by the Australian "Sidney" he survived the war with most of his crew members, albeit, in British captivity.



The Ayesha

Source: Unsterbliche Landschaft Band I (1935)

Where this photo was taken we don't know

According to what we know, was Direction Island, where this ship was confiscated by the Emden's landing squad, a flat island.

It might, however, have been taken when the Ayesha visited the harbour of Padang (Sumatra, former Dutch Indies). In that case, most likely, it was taken from one of the there 'interned' German merchant ships. (notice the chapter on Padang) I have been there three times and from my memory (1978, 1980 and 1992) this shows the typical 'Menankabau' landscape (West Sumatra).

This story was dealt with in the context of an extensive presentation about Fatal Communication during World War One (WW 1, or WK 1) held on 7 October 2014, for the DEHS

This subject is most intriguing and have been told many times.

However, Mr Lockhart's comments are adding to the understanding of this peculiar event during the 'Great War'.

This book reads like a thrilling 'school boy's' book!



Source: Unsterbliche Landschaft Band I (1935)

When we, however, compare this photo of the Emden's landing squad with the previous photo of the Ayesha, we can clearly see that both are showing the same ship. But, the first photo shows a much more well kept ship. The two boats on the left-hand side belonged to the Emden's outfit. The text of this book is giving the explanations.

The map below, traced on the web recently, shows the route taken by the landing squad; following the east bank of the Red Sea northwards. Eventually reaching Constantinople (now called Istanbul)


Source: http://books.google.de/books?id=BMWeg7gsq_EC&pg=PA238&lpg=PA238&dq=choising&source



Source: Andrees Allgemeiner Handatlas, issued 1914

Showing much of the Ottoman Empire, which after World War One changed eventually its name in Turkey.

Most of the Arabic Peninsula belonged then to the Ottoman Empire


Please click at the hyperlink to enter the page dedicated to the whereabouts of the:


The Story of the Famous Raiding Cruiser


Prince Franz Joseph of Hohenzollern

Oberleutenant z.S.a.D.

Issued ≈ 1926

By Arthur O. Bauer