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Mr. Johan Adolph Pederson, Interpreter

Adolph Pederson was a British citizen fluent in German working as a interpreter on board Lusitania. On the ship's last crossing, Staff Captain Anderson requested him and Detective Inspector William Pierpoint to interrogate three stowaways who the masters-at-arms had found and arrested in a port side pantry. Pederson, who spoke German, was able to confirm that the three men were German spies. However, the spies refused an answer any questions. The German spies were locked below decks. Pederson survived the sinking of the Lusitania, as did Pierpoint. The German spies were lost. References: Hickey, Des and Gus Smith. Seven Days to Disaster. G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1981.

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