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The German Submarine Action against the Royal Navy

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S fii ‘ 6’ w – TORPEDOED AND SUNK BY GERMAN SUBMARINES IN THE NORTH SEA: H.M. ARMOURED- A. RUMOURED TO HAVE SUNK TWO GERMAN SUBMARINES BEFORE BEING TORPEDOED CRUISER “ABOUKIR.” AND SUNK : .,M. ARMOURED-CRUISER “CRESSY.” 3 CAPTAIN WILMOT S. NICHOLSON, OF THE “HOGUE.” 4. A UNIT OF THE FORCE WHICH TCRPEDOED AND SANK THE SISTER-SHIPS ” ABOUKIR,” HOGUE,” AND “CRESSY ” : A GERMAN SUBMARINE IN KIEL HARBOUR, 5. INSIDE A GERMAN SUBMARINE: THE MOTOR-ROOM. 6. INSIDE A GERMAN SUBMARINE: THE TORPEDO-ROOM.


On the evening of Tuesday, September 22, the Admiralty issued the following statement : “H.M. Ships ‘Aboukir’ (Captain John E. Drummond), ‘Hogue’ (Captain Wilmot S. Nicholson), and ‘Cressy’ (Captain Robert W. Johnson) have been sunk by submarines in the North Sea. The ‘Aboukir was torpedoed, and whilst the ‘Hogue’ and the ‘Cressy ‘ had closed and were standing by to save the crew, they were also torpedoed. A considerable number were saved by H.M.S. ‘Lowestoft’ (Captain Theobald W. B. Kennedy), and by a division of destroyers, trawlers, and boats.” The unfortunate


occurrence took place, it would seem, early in the morning, and five or six German submarines are believed to have attacked. Of these, it is rumoured, two were sunk by the ” Cressy ” before that ship was torpedoed. The “Aboukir,” “Hogue” and “Cressy ” were scster ships, armoured-cruisers of an early type, built from fourteen to sixteen years ago, each of z1,ooo tons and Is knots speed, with a crew of 7oo, and mounting two 9g2-inch and twelve 6-inch guns. As an off-set, it must be remembered that so far the balance of naval losses in the war is against Germany.



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Issue 3936. - Vol CXLV

Sep, 26 1914

Illustrated London News