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The Sinking of the "Majestic": A Seven-Minutes' Sea Tragedy

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– _ —- THE LAST OF A BRITISH BATTLE-SHIP : THE “MAJESTIC” SUNK OFF S GALLIPOLI WITH ONLY HER BOWS AND RAM SHOWING ABOVE WATER.


“NEARLY ALL THE OFFICERS AND MEN WERE SAVED SURVIVORS OF THE “MAJESTIC,” ON A FRENCH TORPEDO-BOAT AT MUDROS, ANSWERING LHEER’


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As mentioned under the remarkable photograph, given on a double-page in this Number, of the sinking of the ” Majestic ” as seen from an aeroplane, the Admiralty reported the event on May 27 as follows: ” An enemy submarine torpedoed and sank H.M.S. SMajestic’ (Captain H. F. G. Talbot) this morning while supporting the Army on Gallipoli Peninsula. Nearly all the officers and men were saved.” We give here some photographs taken during and shortly after the disaster. A member of the French Dardanelles forces who witnessed it writes : ” Suddenly, at 6.35 a.m. a huge column of w. ter and smoke was seen to spout up close to the ‘Majestic. Immediately the ship


began to heel over to port. The continued heeling reached such an ange that the sailors who, stripped to the waist, were stoically awaiting the order to abandon ship, s:id into the water, where they were rescued by boats, mine-sweelers, and destroyers which had hastened up from all sides. At 6.4t the battle-ship suddenly ca:sized. The star- board torpedo-net buckled up like a soft fishing-seine and im;risoned some unfortunate men who were kee-ing near the centre. The bottom of the hull, with the bilge- keels, appeared, osciliated three times–and all was over. The who:e thing took seven m.nutes.”



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