LOSS OF THE HAWKE.
A TERRIFIC EXPLOSION. HOW THE MEM WEST DOWK. LONDON, October 16. The Hawke sank in five minutes. The survivors escaped in one boat. They were picked up by a Norwegian steamer and transferred to the trawler. When the war broke out the Hawke was a sea training vessel for boys. Most of the crew were very young, and included chrht cadets who'left the Dartmouth College only in August. The skipper of the trawler Bensiness states that the torpedo struck the Hawke aft of the engine room at 11 o’clock in the morning. There was only time to launch one or two boats before the cruiser turned turtle. Those rescued, who had been adrift for five hours in an open boat, toid him they saw hundreds struggling in the water. Some had cork jackets on, and others were hanging on to floats and rafts. Those in the boat could do nothing, as she was packed. Other survivors state that the Hawke sighted a foreign trawler. In accordance with instructions the Hawke approached with a view to examining the ship. As it neared the trawler an explosion occurred, and the periscope of a submarine showed above the water. The explosion was so terrific that maimed men were blown into the air. The cruiser’s plates were twisted, and a huge gap was torn in her side. She canted to starboard with alarming rapidity. The cro.w attempted to man the guns, bub owing to the list it was impossible to train them on the submarine. The Hawke was splendidly equipped with life-saving apparatus, bub it was impossible to get out the boats. About 200 of the crew got away on a ready-made raft, but their fate is not known. The steam pinnace was densely packed, and wa« seen to sink. Dr J. H. D. Watson, the surgeon on the Hawke, the well-known international, is among the missing. The survivors state that the torpedo must have struck the magazine. Fittings were sent flying, and the explooion crumpled up two decks. The Hawke heeled over on her beam-ends, and the lowering of the rafts and boats was almost impossible, hole* being made in most of them as they wore swung overboard. The skipper was on the bridge when the ship was struck. His orders were promptly obeyed, and there was no sign of confusion. It was bitterly cold. After the disaster the periscope of the submarine waa again seen, indicating that a look-out was being kept for any cruisers coming to the Hawke’s assistance. The rafts, on being freed from the ship, gradually drifted apart. A survivor from the engine room says : “ The explosion sent us flying. One cylinder was wrecked, the steam escaping in scalding clouds. The bugles sounded, summoning everyone to remain at his post. The order to abandon theshipj quickly followed,’’ J
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LOSS OF THE HAWKE., Evening Star, Issue 15627, 19 October 1914