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THE BATTLESHIP LOSS.

SURVIVORS FROM FORMIDABLE. TWO HUNDRED RESCUED IN GALE AND DARKNESS. Pres Association—By Tclcgrspli—Copyright. LONDON, January 3. Official i The latest list of tho Formidable's survivors gives tho total as 201. A survivor states that after tho great e\) lesion occurred tho fires were drawn and tho men catrc on deck. The ship had r heavT list to starboard, and sank iu an hour. 'Had tho weather been favorable all would have been raved. Many plunged, it it.. the sea. and were picked up by boats. The darkness made tho work of rescue difficult. A number of trawlers rnisunclcrsSeod ihe signals, otherwise more would have been saved. The Press Bureau publishes 33 officers es drowned, including Captains John Deed nun Arthur Bosley. Commanders Charles J’alkird, William * Harrison, and Henry filrrct. THE VESSEL’S PINNACE DOES RESCUE WORK. PICKED IT BY TRAWLER, LONDON, .January 2. The trawler Providence picked tip the Formidable's pinnace with 68 men and two officers aboard, and landed them at Bnxlinm. Tho piun.-eo was lea,king, and v-as nearly full ci water. Many of trie men were'in night attire, and others were v .appeil in blankets. Several otlu r fishing boats in tli© vicinityo£tho Providence. ;eere- running for shelter. The disaster occurred during the height -,f a- gale, and mountainous seas were runrung. When sighted the pinnace crew were doing heroic work taking off survivors. AN ARDUOUS TIME. MISHAPS TO BOATS. JACK TAR'S SANG FROTH. LONDON, January 2. The trawler Providence at 9 o'clock on Fiidav morning sighted a pinnace flying a scarf from an oar as a signal of distress. With tho utmost difficulty The manceuvred to wind ward, and after four attempts hauled the pinnace round to the. stern, nod the sailors began to jump aboard. I here was great, danger, as the seas were ?nft high. It took half an hour to get, all aboard. Survivors stnto that the greatest difficulty was experienced in launching boats. Theirs was stove in, but they stuffed the hole with junpers. All tho oars were smashed through fending oft the pinnace. Some jumped from tho decks and swam to boats. One boat fell nose first throwing the crew into tho sea. When tho pinnace got away tho men were singing ‘Tipperary,’ hut a. heavy sea broke over them and compelled them to save their breath for continuous haling. Two other boatloads left the Formidable. SEEKING A CAUSE. WAS IT BRITISH MINE DISLODGED BY GALE? LONDON, January 2. Naval writers suggest that the gale possibly dislodged some of the mines laid eastward of Dover, causing them to drift down tho Channel. They remind readers, whether tho . Formidable was mined or torpedoed, of the appositene.-is of Mr Churchill's words on November 27 of our ability to afford such a loss monthly ; also jf the Admiralty's wisdom m carefully ivoiding unnecessary risks, to tlie battle if put dron. ACROSS THE STRAITS. ENEMY'S SUBMARINE: BASK. ZEEBRUGGB AGAIN SHELLED. ROTTERDAM. January 2. British warships came close to the land ind shelled Zeebrugge on Thursday. ’I he ;oa?t batteries replied unsumystuliy. 'I he British fleet bombarded the voa.-t mi Iriday.

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THE BATTLESHIP LOSS., Issue 15691, 4 January 1915

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THE BATTLESHIP LOSS. Issue 15691, 4 January 1915

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