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Karl Spindler and the Easter Rising
Posted by: Tom Fitzsimmons Date: May 23, 1999 at 23:49:54
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Karl Spindler was the Skipper of the "Aud", a ship captured by the
Germans and used to send a cargo of arms to the west coast of Ireland
in April, 1916 for the Easter Rising. Spindler wrote a book about the
adventure, "The Mystery of the Casement Ship," published in 1932 or
1936, I think. He was intercepted by the British Navy after waiting
offshore of Co. Kerry to unload. The British escorted his ship to Cork
Harbor, where he scuttled the ship after having his crew change into
their uniforms and raise the German flag. He was held prisoner in
England and eventually repatriated. He came to America in the 1930s,
and he and his wife owned a hotel in Florida. They were interned near
Bismarck, North Dakota as enemy aliens during World War II, and stayed
in Bismarck after the war. Karl died in 1951, and his remains are
buried in Fairview Cemetery. His wife died in 1987, I believe, and is
buried next to him.

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