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HIT AT FOUR MILES. Captain Rudolph Merer, of the North German Lloyd liner Kaiser Wilhelm tier Grosso, which was sunk on August 17 olf tho West Coast of Africa by the British cruiser ‘Highflyer, has arrived in New York from Kingston, Jamaica, in tho United States fruit steamship Santa Xlarta, nerveracked anti a mere shell of his former robust self He told how the Kaiser Wilhelm dor Grosse, once the pride of the Atlantic, had sunk three British merchantmen before meeting her doom (says the ‘Daily Telegraph’s’ New York correspondent). “A naval man was captain of tho Kaiser Wilhelm dor Grosso, and X was sent along as navigating officer.” said Captain Meyer. “On the night of August, 16, after wo bad been congratulating ourselves upon our short career ns att armed cruiser, and had shouted ■ Hoch der Kaiser’ until the smoking room’s rafters seemed to ring, we saw the Highflyer through the mist, and crept away. “Early next morning we picked up tho Bethania with coal for us, and wo began coaling from her ns fast ns we could, but at 2 o’clock that afternoon we sighted the Highflyer again, coming for us under forced draught. “We could do 21* knots ordinarily, but we did not have enough steam to escape, and the cruiser camo down on us like a shot. When she was four miles away she landed a shot on our top deck amidships. If -all tho British ships shoot as straight as the Highflyer, I shall be sorry for our poor fellows in tho North Sen. “1 swung my ship around bo that she was bow on to tho cruiser and less of a mark, but tho shells fell ail around us. Great holes were soon torn in our hull, and water poured into several of them under tho water lino. Sho began to list, and when I was certain sho would not stay afloat but two or three minutes longer, I called to all hands to jump overboard.” Captain Moyer confessed that, tho British spared no pains in trying to rescue tho 600 men aboard the Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse. “I am a broken-down man,” said the German captain, when ho reported at the North Ghmnan Lloyd offices. “ Give me a job ashore.” Captain Meyer was told that all the staff In New York had been reduced or dismissed, that the agents were pressed for cash, and that thoro was no immediate demand for hi* services.

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HOW THE KAISER WILHELM WAS SUNK, Evening Star, Issue 15657, 23 November 1914

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HOW THE KAISER WILHELM WAS SUNK Evening Star, Issue 15657, 23 November 1914