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THE AUDACIOUS

*_ WHAT HAPPENED. SUNK AXD REFLOATED. The latest American mail brings oth<*f I stories of the alleged sinking of the Brii tish super-Dreadnought Audacious in the I latter part of October. Under date 25th j November, the San Francisco 'Weekly ! Chronicle r publishes a further account of j the. Jo's of the ship, with the variation tli.it- she was destroyed by a, submarine, i and not by a mine. j " Almost a. month after the British j Dreadnought Audac.iaws was sunk mysteI riously off the North Irish const," .'ays the, | paper, "the authentic story of her destindion has become known—that she win sunk by a torpedo from a German submarine, and not- by a mine, as formerly supposed. Despite all the mystery which the British Admiralty sought to throw around the disaster to one of their newest and greatest ships, the real facts can now be published. The new.; was received in Washington from an authoritative source in Berlin, and the details lit closely with the report that came from eye-witnesses, who saw the disaster from the steamship Olympic. —Struck by Two Torpedoes.— "The Audacious was hit twice, and the second torpedo caused her magazines tc. explode. This entirely refutes the suggestion that the big battles hip was biowr. up by her own crew 'to prevent her liecoming ii, menace to navigation." as wai stated by some after the disaster. Therehas been much mystery about the ba=e o{ the British fleets,'but 'last month the Germans, through their system of espionage, learned that one British battleship fleet was making its base at- Lough Swilly. a harbor on the north-west cia-t of Ireland, where the water is deep and there is fin a protection in all weathers. When this information, was learned by German authorities a small squadron,-of submarines was sent out to trv to catch one or more of the big British'battle-hips, and at the same time -how how alert- the Germans were in having discovered the British base. Submarines, < uiivoyed by a ' mother.' left Wilhelrnshavc-n, and, »-arefuliy_ dodging mines, worked their way north, skirted the coast of Scotland, and on 26th Oct-ober diseovered the ba.-e at I.ouch Swilly. Early on the morniii- of 27th October it i v.vs blowing a 'j. r >h and al% -ea ".as njnj, .._. .!:, .i ii,<;.siire l,'h,.' .-as favorable- t,, j a- submarine, because in a high tumbling I sea it was very difficult to see the small i periscopes when the submarine came to the i surface, to take a sight. | —Powerful Fleet, Sighted.— j '• The scene when the tiny vessel of de- : struct ion arrived was one to gladden t!m | heart, of any commander of such a vessel. ; Spread out* before him was the big BriI tish fleet of battle.-hips, all new. including j the latest turned Miijp—battle, cruisers, arI moied cruisers, -cent =. torpedo boat de I stroyers. and many other unit-, that go to j make up the lighting machine in command ;cf Admiral Jeliicue. Dreadnought, were j steaming along with waves breaking over | their forward decks, and were ail in re-idi-i ness to make n da-h at- the .memy should :it appear. The submarine men took one | lock, and t!n.-n the craft submerged. j Again, a little later, it e;,me to the Mir- - iacp, and v-a- then only a short, distance I from the Audacious, and. within .striking ! distance. German naval ar.tbnrith s he. j lieve in a short rang.- for their torpedoeland a very high expios;-..:. The range o( ! tJie-ir torpedoes ;■ about oljOvd- <i';r\ ard the. Audacious v.'a' not. m-ie than a mile ! from hidden de-.ti action. ■■ .!,,;-• I: ,u- many to) pi-dcos veru tired ; from the submarine is i,.,. known, hut- c-tie ling ].robab!v d.:iiu'.j.--d : i' ::.'., ve.wd s pr.j----i visinitv. Y--i-v or.-Labiy tirs, --n :■•■■■■ Auj daennr. s;,w the t.-'pe do 1 -.•].,n- it, struck, i for th- Ait'l.v m:- h-g.;n ;• > .-.:■- r :, zig /.r: ! o neo. Th- !•- •■' s •■":::■■■ mat; -,; iin t-ho riw t. i ;■>,--.;;',.!, A<::r.;r;o; . s.--::t ,ej.---I. .-acli io-king icruis-jss d.-iii-.-- Dll:. or and thi Liter, trytr.a ' to hml t\i<- A •'.'.! eS.'-ss v. :o. sent ta ; the Olympi.. v.:nn;'i; Cu,ts-:n ira-kK-ck o-f i re prc-s : cncr: ~f ;h- - nemy's, s-ibmiriiw-s a-ixi ; asking f'* ll "ip- 'I ':'■ Audtjcif.ns. f'T a :'timo.' h-ad-Tl n. '.■■■.vardf the i,ir!x>r of \ Lou.da S-.vii!v. be- i-' i'-ro r-he nad g<-.A \ iv.v sl>- v.a&dea i m the water and s'lthna; lat the. Ptem. '.];■■ Uiyn.p'.c ram-.- Un and i tried to tow the, ba'dl.-ship, l>v.t i tll-e si-er-I ij ,iv, s. r |srir. "■'.'. At! thi,, time tne illoj-iiiati :u-.bn.a-i in.'- was ix.s'.jy quietly b*>- | low the f.r.r:':-.'-', ei--l wlc. h,--r eommamler lthoue.ht tic- .-lau.'.-r v.-,..-. e-,-r hj.- taiefally I came to the .surrac :ig„ : .i ;.i.d to k :n\- ! other si-ii! f. (■'■', wiiat had happened. i'lite Aitdu'iot.,.. v.-;,--, 1;. ] .hv, : , and not far lairay. Th-; e.-.-inniar.df-r of the stibmariii# (decided i>, take shot at the Dnead* ! liOULrht-, and it wet.t .strjiglit- to the mark. I eaneiit, the }>::■ tries-hip amidsiiips. and th;i I force of the ex]]!os:on e.-iiis. d the Kjnrmiid- | rion in the- magazine to blew up. and o:.n !of Britain's pridis was- a w-cck, slowly I settling in the do en. Tins time the su'o- | marine fk-d and t-ifd 10 make her way home. - rr-arhx-4 her parer.t ship, which is .supposed to bo tbo Berlin, formoiiy ono of the- transatlantic passenger Kteamcr.s, has ;:«t }■<.'. b'f-n reported. rix- Berlin, however, has reached Trondh-j>-m, a town on the ooa-si, of T\orwa.y." —Rcprnrt-ed X/, be Refloated.— The- 'Toronto t'do'ne' publishes the folp.wi.ig :— ■' New York. 27tii November.— rite that the British Dreadj nought Aiula-cioue, «ink on 27th | 6rtol>er oft Lmuh S'viiiy. lr''.-"-d. bid j DC'-vti raised and t-wed into Belfast Harj bor was made by paso ; i._■.-;< on stt t:u;.ar-i j iinc-r Lusitania-. wliich arrived here toj nis-'ht. Aeccrding to the report, the big 1 sea tigiit-t-r is undergoing repairs in Harland and Wolff's shipyard in the Irish I seaport. The Audacious w-a-s sunk in I about, 27 fathoms—about 160 f- of water. When the imiivkiualfi lespon-siblo for the report —who ask-:d th.i-t their names; be with.held—wers reminded that it itad taker weeks to raise the, battle-ship Maine ir Havana, Harbor, the reply was .that thu British Admiralty has perfected an invention by which it is possible to raise even I a vessel of th-e onormous tonnage of the I Audacious in a comparatively much shorter time. Ten days was the actual time, it was stoted. consumed \',n performing the feat of raising the Audacious and towing her aafely into Belfast Harbor."

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THE AUDACIOUS, Issue 15700, 14 January 1915

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THE AUDACIOUS Issue 15700, 14 January 1915

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