Celebrate Count Felix von Luckner's Life on Motuihe Island
Motuihe Island, 8 October 2017
In early October 1917 Count Felix von Luckner, and other German PoWs, joined a group of German internees on Motuihe Island. Given the carnage in Europe this was a relatively idyllic existence with lax rules. Von Luckner, fresh from raiding allied shipping, took advantage of this regime to stage a famous escape in the camp Commandant’s own boat. He and his crew of 11 made it to the Kermadec islands after seizing a scow near Mercury Island.
This daring escape made headlines around the world and prompted the NZ Prime Minister to state it was the worst day of the war. Despite capture within 10 days this escape cemented the swashbuckling legend of the ‘Sea Devil’ von Luckner who, by the time of his return to Motuihe in 1938, had become a folk law hero; especially as in all his sinking of allied shipping no one was killed.
Join the Motuihe Trust for a one day event with talks, contemporary pictures and experts to hear and see about the famous man and those who lived on Motuihe 100 years ago.
Departs Auckland Ferry Terminal at 9.15am (9.25am ex Devonport).
Departs Motuihe Island at 3.15pm