A TALE OF HEROISM. MEN LINE UP OX VESSEL'S SIDE FOR FINAL PLUNGE. LONDON, January 4. An officer of the Formidable states that, ho was sleeping in his hammock when he was awakened by a tremendous crash. “An inrush of water,” ho continued, “ flooded the boiler rooms, stopping the electric light and the steam power. The men worked in such an orderly manner that four boats were got away, each manned with its own crew. The men on the upper deck were ordered to collect all pieces of wood. “ .V second explosion, a-quarter of an hour later, seemed to burst the boilers, and a tremendous amount of wreckage and ashes shot out of the funnels. A great inrush of water almost righted the vessel. “ There was not the slightest panic. The men, .scantily clothed, stood for a long time on the upper deck iu a biting wind, each with a, piece of woodwork. Everyone thought the ship would hold out. “ Then there was a terrible list, and after an uncomfortable three-quarters of an hour tha captain left the bridge and exclaimed: ‘lnto the water with you, she’s going.’ The vessel was nearly flat on her side. Hundreds climbed over the rails to the upper side and stood in two ranks awaiting orders. “ When the captain shouted ‘ All slide down into the sea,’ others slipped back to the starboard side. Many were injured in the turrets, and I could hear groans from the water. “ The last I saw- of Captain Loxlcy was standing on the boat deck shouting to the men to get into the water. The vessel sank by her head, and the captain was sucked down.” CAUSE OF DISASTER. TORPEDO HINTED AT. LONDON, January 4. The last words Captain Loxlcy was heard to utter were: “Steady, men; it’s all right; no panic; be British.” The captain's dog stood by his side as the Formidable sank. The missile missed the magazine by 10ft. entered the dynamo roam, and rendered the wireless useless. Some of the crow wrapped clothes round the midshipmen. It was “Boys first” all the way, thus accounting for the rescue of so many. THE INQUEST. LONDON, January 4. At an inquest on the bodies of the Formidable victims, at Lyme Regis, a verdict was returned of death from exposure. Mr Bing, a petty officer, gave evidence that he was in the turret at the time, and thought the explosion waa gunfire.
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THE FORMIDABLE., Evening Star, Issue 15692, 5 January 1915