TORPEDOED LINER ORTERIC
! STORY OF SURVIVORS. TYPICAL SUBMARINE ATROCITY. '. (Received January 25, 9 a.m.) I . SYDNEY, This Day. Two officers, survivors of tho Orteric (5535 tons, Bank Line), which was torpedoed off Alexandria on the 10th December, have arrived. They relate that the Orteric carried 10,000 tons of nitrate of soda, the ship and cargo being valued at half a- million sterling. A submarine was sighted in the afternoon. The captain attempted to outmanoeuvre the submarine, which commenced to fire immediately, and the wireless gear was shot away. The captain decided to surrender, and a white flag was hoisted, but was ignored by the submarine, which continued to fire all the more vigorously. Four boats were launched, and a shell destroyed one, killing and wounding sev : eral Chinese. The other three escaped. The submarine then approached and fired a torpedo, and the Orteric sank in five minutes, after a terrific explosion. The survivors were picked up by a hospital ship, which later picked up the crew of the Busiris (2705 tons, Moss S.S. Co.), which was torpedoed previously.
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