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SUNK BY A CRUISER

THE EMDEN'S OPERATIONS. Indian and Ceylon papers, from September 17 to September 30, give interesting accounts of the raid of tho German cruiser Emden in the Bay of Bengal. Details concerning the first batch of captures, whose crews arrived at Calcutta on September 16, are summarised in the diary of Mr Goor-.ro Rand, second officer of the Indus, the first vessel stopped, as follows: — "September 16, 9 a.m.—Captured by German cruiser Emden. At 1.15, left ship, and put on board Hamburgliner x *. p.m. the cruiser iired a aiiot into the ship, and at 4.25 the poor old Indus sank. "September 11, 3 p.m.—Sighted steamer Lovat, crew taken prisoner. and left ship. Vessel sunk, and the crew taken aboard Markomannia. " September 12, 11 p.m.—Sighted Bucknall liner Kabinga. Armed crew boarded, and took charge. September ' 30, 9.30 a.m.—Steamer Killin captured. Crew boarded and took charge. First shot fired into the Killin, and at 9.19 a.m. she sank; 11.00 a.m.. sighted steamer Diplomat. nnd at 9.30 p.m. the Germans boarded and took charge, and sent the crew on board the Bucknall _ boat; 2 p. in/, sighted an Italian. Tho Emden gave i chase, and at 3.15 p.m., took charge of her. Five shots were fired into tho Diplomat, and she went down head j first. Tho cruiser let the Italian go I free "September 14.—Heavy rain during the whole night and day; 9.40 a.m., sighted a Pagoda. The cruiser was now in shallow water, .stirring up mud. At 9.30 she altered her course about six points, and went into deeper water. At 5 p.m. all hands were transferred from the Markomannia to the Kabinga. At 6 p.m. the Emden sighted tho : steamer Trabbock, and transferred Ler | crew to the Kabinga. At 10.20 p.m. I the Germans blew up the Trabbock. A I guard left tho Kabinga, and wo pro- ! ceeded on on.r way." j The officer added that wireless niesI sages intercepted by the Emden had | enabled her to cut. across the tracks of the steamers she captured. The second batch of the crews of the four ships .sunk subsequently arrived at Colombo on September 29. Tliey were all well. The Weir liner Tymeric, 3,813 tons, which left Colombo on the i previous Friday for Falmouth, Having ! called en route from Java for barker coal, six hours after leaving Colombo, at midnight, was signalled by the cruiser with a lamp to stop. The Emden gave the crew 10 minutes to get into the boats, and sank the ship. The captain and chief engineer were taken on tho Emden as prisoners, and the rest of the crew, seven Europeans, and 27 natives, were sent aboard the Markomannia. The next vessel stopped was the Ribeira, 3,600 tons, from Alexandria to Batavia, in ballast. She was captured 200 miles west of Colombo, and sunk with four shots, taking one and a-half hours to settle down, and the crew of 20 Europeans first getting into their boats. The Emden's officers- told the captain that they were looking for the City of Bristol, which carried valuable cargo. At one time they said they were only eight miles from H.M.S. Hampshire, and at another time 25 miles from her. They were intercepting wireless messages all the time, but sending none. If spotted," the officer observed, "we shall run like the devil; we are not built for fighting." The third boat was the Foyle, 4,147 tons, in ballast, from Malta to Rangoon, which was stopped 315 miles from Colombo, on September 27. The crew, including a number of Arabs, were given good time to pack up, and were well treated. The Foyle was sunk by placing a mine in No. 2 hold. Her captain learned that the Emden got away from Kiao-chau 50 days before, and reached Indian waters via the Strait of Dombok. The fourth ship sunk was the King Lud, 3,650 tons, of 'Surderland. In addition the Bursek, with 600 tons of Welsh coal for the Admiralty, was captured and retained. The Greyfvaie was taken while going from Bombay to Calcutta, and was used to send the crews of the sunken ships to Colombo.

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SUNK BY A CRUISER, Issue 15633, 26 October 1914

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SUNK BY A CRUISER Issue 15633, 26 October 1914

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