HMS Ajax & River Plate Veterans Association

 

FAQ 24

How long was Graf Spee permitted to stay in Montevideo harbour?

 

The Hague Convention allowed a ship in a neutral port to carry out repairs to make her seaworthy but not to restore her fighting efficiency.

 

The Germans asked for 14 days to do this but the Uruguayans, after inspecting the damage, allowed only 72 hours and ordered Spee to sail by 8pm on Sunday 17th December.