"Dresden had eluded the British Navy"

SMS Dresden was a light cruiser in the German Navy that managed to escape the Allied Forces at the Battle of the Falkland Islands during World War I. She had been successfully dodging the British Navy for some time when they cornered her in Cumberland Bay at Más a Tierra in 1915; they opened fire and the Dresden was abandoned minutes before she exploded and sank.

A similar naval hide-and-seek story occurred the same year in Tanganyika (now Tanzania).  The German SMS Königsberg, which like the Dresden had been successfully drawing British forces away from the main theatre of war, took refuge in the Rufiji Delta while essential repairs were carried out.  The Royal Navy tracked her down and blockaded the cruiser before finally sinking her.  The episode inspired Wilbur Smith's novel Shout at the Devil.