DETAILS OF THE LOSS. WAS LAST OF BATTLESHIP LINE. DISTRESS SIGNALS UNHEEDED IN VIEW OF PAST EXPERIENCE. LONDON, January 3. (Received January 4, at 8.40 a.m.) Other incidents related of the loss of thfi Formidable- show that the explosion occurred abaft tho magazine, and an unbearable stench arose from the explosive. Tho vessel, which wae the last- of a lino of battleships, continued to sound her hooter while sinking, and .she flashed signals of distress until she- foundered. A -STOKER'S STORY. BOILER EXPLOSION. PREVENTED LAUNCH OF PLNN.ACES. DOOMED MEM ABOARD MEET DEATH UNCONCERNED. ALL AT THEIR POSTS. LONDON, January 3. (Received January 4, at 0 a.m.) Soni'3 of the survivors readied Lyme Regis (between Portland and Exmouth) in the Formidable's cutter, after 22 hours. There were originally about 70 aboard the cutter, am! it is believed that- 20 perished. The others were almost exhausted, and nine oF them died after landing-Leading-stoker Parr relates that, when asleep in his bunk he wais awakened by a. eigantit: explosion at 2 o'clock on Friday morning. The crew rushed on deck half-dressed." There was no panic, and orders were, given and obeyed just as at manoeuvres. While the boats were being lowered the bnuiesliip's boilers exploded. It. was impossible to lower the pinnaces without steam, and they were able to lower only the sailinij cutters. Parr stales that his boat stood by for an hour, during which iiinc two other boats got away. Afterwards these, with the first boat, were lost sight of in the The Formidable fired rockets, and the last siuht. Parr had of the vessel .showed the crew left, aboard standing on the. foredeck smoking and talking. All lite officers were at their posts. Heavy seas almost swamped the cutter. FTer rudder was swept away, and they had no compass. Coats, caps, and sea boots were used for baling. At about 5 a.m. the cutter unsuccessfully attempted to attract the notice of a passing liner. The men were hal[-dressed, and flit the cold bitterly. The coxswain anil several others died of exhaustion and dropped overboard. After the survivors sighted land they rowed all day without fond.
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THE FORMIDABLE., Evening Star, Issue 15691, 4 January 1915