From the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Aug. 20, 1915:
BIG BRITISH LINER SUNK BY SUBMARINE;
26 AMERICANS SAFE
Arabic Reported Torpedoed Without Warning.
48 LIVES ARE BELIEVED LOST
Company Says 375 Survive and That Only Six Passengers Perished
Giant Craft Blown Up Near Scene of Lusitania Disaster.
London, Aug. 20 - The big White
Star line steamer Arabic, formerly a
favorite ship of the Liverpool-Boston
service, but which on its present trip
was on the way to New York, was torpedoed
and sunk by a German submarine
at 9:15 o'clock yesterday mornring
about forty miles south of the spot
where the Lusitania lies, which is 65
miles southeast of Fastnet rock and
55 miles south of Old Head of Kinsale.
The steamer, according to a statement
of the White Star line, was attacked
without warning and went down in 11 minutes.
Of the 423 parsons on board — 181
passengers and 242 members of the
crew — 32 are missing and are believed
to have perished. Most of those who
have not been accounted for belong to
the crew. Only six of the passengers
are reported missing.
All Americans on Board Saved.
Careful checking of the various lists
of survivors shows that all passengers
listed by the White Star line as Americans
had been saved. It is possible
that some Americans boarded the liner
as it was about to sail and were carried
in the list given out by the White
Star line as of other nationalities, but
this is not probable.
Whether any of those not accounted
for are Americans has not yet been
determined, but there were only 26
citizens of the United States on board,
22 being in the second cabin and four
in the steerage. The Arabic carried
no first class passengers, having lately
been turned into a two class liner.
Survivors Taken to Queenstown.
The survivors, who left the steamer
in the ship's boats and were picked up
later by passing vessels, arrived in
Queenstown. They are being accommodated
by the White Star line in hotels and
boarding houses in the city, which so
short a time ago cared for the survivors
and the dead of the Lusitania.
Second Steamship Torpedoed.
The British steamship Dunsley was
torpedoed, presumably by the same
submarine, in the same region off the
south coast of Ireland. She managed
to remain afloat, and immediately
began rescuing survivors of the
Arabic. Her accommodations were
ample for all who were aboard the
Capt. Will Finch, a lieutenant of
the royal navy reserve, was in command
of the Arabic, which flew the British
flag, and was outward bound from Liverpool
for Boston. He cabled the White Star
officials from Queenstown that the Arabic
was torpedoed without warning.
Raises Question for Wilson.
This fact is considered significant,
but whether It brings tho disaster
within the category of President Wilson's
announcement to Germany that a repetition
of the Lusitania incident would be regarded
as "an unfriendly act" is a question British
officials and the American embassy attaches
do not care to discuss. Chief attention
is being devoted to the question of the
maximum loss of life.
There is a rumor that the Arabic
carried a large amount of British gold
to pay for war supplies bought in
America, but this is unverified.
Many Take to Boats.
The Arabic, which left Liverpool
Wednesday, was torpedoed 9:15 a. m.
off Fastnet, an island about four
miles south oŁ Cape Clear, south coast
First reports were that all the passengers
and crew had been rescued by another steamer.
Subsequently, however, it was reported that
the Arabic had gone down in 11 minutes,
raising the question whether it would have
been possible to rescue all on board in that
An early message to tho White Star company
said that fifteen or sixteen boatloads were
making for Queenstown. From this the company
inferred that most oŁ the passengers and
crew were saved.
Picked Up by Sloop.
A late dispatch to Lloyd's from
Queenstown said that the crew and
passengers of the Arabic put off in 11
boats and were picked up by a sloop
which was proceeding to Queenstown.
The message added that the Arabic
was torpedoed without warning and
that she sank 11 minutes later.
When nine hours had elapsed after
the sinking of the steamship, the fate
of the persons on board was unknown in
London or Queenstown.
The word from Queenstown then was that it
was feared there had been great loss of life.
On the other hand dispatches received by two
news agencies in London said that apparently
tho, greater part of those on board had been
Hope Pinned on Dunsley.
Main hope was pinned on the report that a
steamship was proceeding to Queenstown with
about four hundred persons on board.
A report from the British steamer
Magnolia said the Dunsley had been
torpedoed, but that some time after
the Arabic went down she was still
afloat and was picking up survivors.
The Dunsley left Liverpool on
Wednesday for Boston. She is a vessel
of about 5,000 tons gross, and was
therefore of sufficient size to accommodate
the persons on the Arabic.
Company Makes Statement.
The White Star line, after announcing
there were 410 persons on the Arabic, gave
out a corrected statement giving the total
number as 423. There were 132 second-cabin
passengers, 48 in the steerage and 243 members
of the crew.
Following is the statement issued by the
"The Arabic left Liverpool at two
o'clock Wednesday afternoon. She was
torpedoed Thursday morning at 9:15
o'clock in latitude 50.50 north, longitude
"She had aboard 423 persons. As far
as can be ascertained there are 375
"It is understood that only six passengers
are unaccounted for."
The White Star line said there were
only 423 persons on the Arabic, but if
the Queenstown figures as to survivors
landed are correct it would indicate
that there were 446 persons aboard.
Captain Finch, who was in command
of the Arabic, is a veteran skipper. He
sailed the Pacific for years out of San
Queenstown, Aug. 20. — Vessels have
landed here 396 persons rescued from
the steamship Arabic.
It is reported that 50 lives were lost
in the disaster.
Prior to the arrival of the survivors
hotels and boarding houses were notified
by the authorities to prepare to
receive all who might arrive.
A message received here said the
sea was calm when the Arabic was
torpedoed and that salvage steamers
picked up the lifeboats with the survivors
soon after the vessel sank.
List of American Survivors.
New York, Aug. 20. — The first list
oŁ survivors of the Arabic was received
by the White Star line officers last night.
It contained the names of 14 American
survivors among cabin passengers, as follows:
James T. Rowley, Chicago;
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Burgess,
Mr. and Mrs. James Calmon,
Mr. and Mrs. P. W. A. Collins, Buffalo;
Christopher McTamney, Trenton, N. J.;
John Nolan, Trenton, N. J.;
Claude Roode, Schenectady, N. Y.;
Miss F. E. Shrimpton, Syracuse, N. Y.;
Louis Bruguiere, New York;
Mr. and Mrs. Zollah Covington, New York;
A. Hulme Nebker, Logan, Utah;
James Houlihan, Philadelphia;
Thomas Elmore, New York;
George A. McAllister, Chambersburg, Pa.;
John Olsen, San Francisco;
Names of Missing Americans.
Miss Josephine L. Bruguiere, New York;
Leopold P. Moore,
W. E. Ransdell.