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Dyddiad: 30 April 1918

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U-Boat Sinks Steamship; Only 3 of 250 Are Lost; 57 Y. M. C. A. Men Aboard

Vessel Goes Down in English Waters—Periscope Is Seen by Destroyers, Which Are Powerless to Reach It—Passengers Quit Ship with Coolness That Wins Officers’ Praise.

[BY CABLE TO THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.]

LONDON, Monday.—A party of fifty-seven American Army Young Men’s Christian Association workers, under Arthur E. Hungerford, arrived in London last night. The ship on which they left the United States was torpedoed yesterday morning and sank in twelve minutes. All the passengers and all but three of the crew were saved.

The passengers were picked up in lifeboats and landed at a British port. The Americans are all safe and well. On their arrival in London they were taken in charge by the American Y. M. C. A. and Red Cross.

The number of persons on board the vessel was about two hundred and fifty. One of the ship’s officers told the Associated
Press that the Americans had conducted themselves in admirable manner. They were the better able to do this because they had spent most of their time aboard the ship in military drills and daily and nightly lifeboat drills. Every man knew his station and duties as though by instinct.

Destroyers were immediately sent to the rescue and all the lifeboats were picked up within half an hour.

Vessel Struck Amidships.

The vessel was struck amidships while proceeding in a large convoy under the protection of a number of destroyers. It was proceeding at about ten knots in a bright moonlight, when struck. There was an immediate heavy list, and three minutes later the boilers blew up, extinguishing the lights all over the ship.

Arthur E. Hungerferd, leader of the Y. M. C. A. party on board the torpedoed vessel, gave to the Associated Press the following account of his experiences:—

"The thing that struck me most was the calm, businesslike way with which our men took things. There was not a man flurried. There was no panic, no fluster, merely a bunch of men getting themselves and others out of the ship in orderly fashion.

"The men were marshalled in little groups under their corporals, and they went to their stations just as they had done a dozen times in our drills aboard ship.

His Boat One of Last.

"When all the men had got on deck I went up and climbed into No. 1 lifeboat, whence I watched the orderly procedure aboard the other boats up and down the whole length of the ship. My boat was the last one away, except No. 9, which had a little trouble with the ropes.

"It was a wonderfully calm night and the ship’s headway did not bother us much, as the engineer had been able to reverse the engines before the boilers went out of commission, and the ship was barely moving by the time the boats were lowered.

"The Americans behaved like veterans and were of the greatest assistance in launching the lifeboats and handling them," said one of the officers of the ship.

Two of the crew who lost their lives were caught below and went down with the steamship. The third man was the ship’s baker, who after reaching the lifeboat station went back for his money belt.

The discipline on board the excellent. Although the time was brief, all the boats were launched successfully. Most of the Americans had little clothing and no baggage. Several of them lost their passports and all their money.

The submarine was not seen at the time the vessel was torpedoed, but several of the survivors told a story of a periscope appearing for a moment in the midst of the lifeboats.

"It was said the periscope was seen from nearby torpedo boat destroyers, which, however, did not dare fire for fear of hitting
the lifeboats.’" said the Rev. Charles Vickery, of Salina, Kan. "Tf the periscope did appear it was only for a brief moment. While the lifeboats were being picked up one American and one British destroyer circled the spot, dropping several depth charges."

Two Narrowly Escape Death.

Gale Seeman, of Los Angeles, and E. C. Pullen, of New York State, had narrow escapes in getting into lifeboats. The feet of both of them were caught in the ropes with which their boats were being lowered. Mr. Seeman was thrown into the water head down, with his feet entangled, but was saved by Robert Peckham, of Springfield. Mass., who cut the rope and dragged Mr. Seeman into the lifeboat as it was pulling away. Mr. Pullen was able to get clear of the rope by his own efforts.

Among the other passengers Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Thring had the most exciting experience. Mr. Thring is an Australian who was invalided from the British army several months ago after two years of fighting in Africa and at Gallipoli. He went to Australia, where he married, and was returning to England with his bride to settle the estate of two brothers who were killed recently in France. The torpedo struck just beneath the cabin in which Mr. and Mrs. Thring were. They were thrown from their berth and injured severely. The stateroom door was jammed so that it could not be opened.

Mr. Thring broke the partition and carried his unconscious wife to the deck, where he too fell unconscious. Both were carried to a lifeboat by A. H. Bogue, of Highland Park, Ill.

"There was a. long delay in getting our destroyer into her berth," said the Rev. H. S. Mallison, of Flint, Mich. "I suggested
to the men that we gather at the bow and show we were in good spirits by singing. We sang 'The Star Spangled Banner,' 'God Save the King' and 'Onward, Christian Soldiers,' and the crowd on shore cheered.

"I noticed an elderly man in military uniform standing apart on the pier, who seemed to be affected deeply by our singing. When we got ashore I was surprised to see him take charge of us, line us up in military fashion and then shake hands with each one of us and congratulate us. He was Viscount French (commander of the home defences), who happened to be in port. Hearing that some American survivors were coming in he insisted on going down to greet them personally."

[image: Nine Men from New York Aboard the Orissa {sic}
John Ruff, George Henry Shafer, Harry Cowper White, George D. Whitehead, Arthur E. Hungerford, Samuel Robb Leland, Henry S. Jewett, George H. Macrum, Charles J. Pearson]

The steamship Orissa [sic], which was sunk in English [sic] waters while conveying fifty-seven Young Men's Christian Association workers to France, was owned by the British India Steam Navigation Company and was built at Sunderland, England, in 1897. She was constructed of steel, of 5,436 tons gross, was 410 feet long, 50 feet beam, and 29 feet in depth. On April 12 the Orissa [sic] steamed from an Atlantic port bound for a European port.

Arthur E. Hungerford, formerly a newspaper man, of Baltimore, Md., who has been doing publicity work for the Y. M. C. A., commanded the unit of war workers, who were making their way to the west front. He is thirty-five years old, and while attached to the War Work Council in this city lived at No. 70 Madison avenue.

War Workers from New York.

Among the group of war workers the following were from New York city and vicinity:—

ARTHUR E. HUNGERFORD, No. 70 Madison av.
HENRY S. JEWETT, No. 14 East 38th st.
SAMUEL ROBB LELAND, No. 901 Ogden av., Bronx.
GEORGE H. MACRUM, No. 121 East 23d st.
CHARLES J. PEARSON, No. 266 West 81st st.
JOHN RUFF, No. 23 South Elliott place, Brooklyn.
GEORGE HENRY SHAFER, No. 3,044 Albany Crescent.
HARRY COWPER WHITE, Bound Brook, N. J.
GEORGE D. WHITEHEAD, Bloomfield, N. J.

The other war workers on the Orissa [sic], according to a list made public by the War Work Council of the Y. M. C. A., were as follows:—

J. M. ARMSTRONG, Lapeer, Mich.
RALPH C.(BENNETT, Chicago, Ill.
WILLIAM VCLAYTON BERRY, Childress,
Texas. )
A. H. BOGUE, Highland Park, Ill.
THEODORE IVAN BORDWELL, Warren, Pa.
J. E. M. CHAMBERS, Evanston, R. I.
PHILIP COOK, Baltimore, Md.
HARVEY E.DARR, Wooster. Ohio.
THOMAS B. DAWSON, Providence, R. I.
SAMUEL W. DOWNER, Downer. N. J.
WILLIAM A. EISENBERGER, Berwyn, Md.
EVORE EVANS, Honesdale, Pa.
ALFRED H. GURNEY, Providence, R. I.
VICTOR HENRY GURNEY, Brighton, Mass.
JAMES HARPER GRIER, Canonsburg, Pa.
CHARLES R. GILMORE, Tulsa, Okla.
JOSEPH M. M. GRAY, Kansas City, Mo.
SCHUYLER F. HERRON, Winchester, Mass.
JOSEPH H. HEFFLON, Winchester, Mass.
A. P. HAIGH, Waukegan, Ill.
HENRY E. HERVIG, Chicago.
CARLETON C. HUTCHINS, Cleveland.
ARTHUR E. HUNGERFORD, Mount Washington, Md.
PERCY E. HEARTZ, Fort Collins. Col.
GEORGE H. HOYES, Topeka, Kan.
REUBEN MONROE JOHNSON, Indianapolis, Ind.
FRANK E. LAHYM, Traverse City, Mich.
CHARLES WOLCOTT MERRIAM, Grand Rapids, Mich.
HORACE HORATIO MALLENSON, Flint, Mich.
JAMES GARFIELD MURRAY, Indianapolis, Ind.
EDWARD TILDEN MATHES, Bellingham, Wash.
JOSEPH ALDERSOLN MATTHEWS, Hollywood, Cal.
CHARLES G. NOBLE, Indianapolis, Ind.
ISAAC EDWARD NORRIS, Marion, Ind.
SAMUEL NAHAS, Malden, Mass.
JOHN BUTLER PUGSLEY, Brookline, Mass.
ERNEST CLIFFORD PULLEN, Rhinebeck, N. Y.
REUBEN WALLACE PECKHAM, Springfield. Mass.
CHARLES P. RANDALL, Oak Park, Ill.
FREDERIC FOSTER SNOW, Cumberland, Md.
ALBERT NOAH SMITH, Mankato, Kan.
GALE SEAMAN, Los Angeles, Cal.
DONALD J. TAYLOR, St. Helens, Ore.
FRANK MILFORD VAN EPPS.
CHARLES R. VICKERY, Manlius, N. Y.
SAMUEL EDWIN WALKER, East Northfield, Mass.
ALBERT FRANKLIN WILLIAMS, Freeport, Ill.
ARTHUR LUKE WIGHT. Malden, Mass.
ROBERT PURDY ZEBLEY, Philadelphia, Pa.

Reuben W. Peckham, who is reported to have saved one of the crew of the Orissa [sic], was a student at the Y. M. C. A. College
in Springfield, Mass., up to two weeks ago, when he volunteered for foreign service. He lived at No. 91 Massachusetts avenue in that city with his wife and three children. Mr. Peckham went to
Springfield from Newport, R. I., to enter the college and would have graduated next June had he stayed to complete the course.

Henry Seymour Jewett, who lived at No. 14 East Thirty-eighth street, is the son of the late Rev. Dr. E. H. Jewett, who was at one time a professor in the General Theological Seminary. He enlisted for work in Italy. His brother, Edward H. Jewett, is now engaged in similar work in France. Two of Mr. Jewett’s nephews
are in the army, one of whom is with the Rainbow Division and the others in the Aviation Corps at a training station in Texas.

Samuel Robb Leland, of No. 901 Ogden avenue, the Bronx, was a clergman [sic] of the Methodist Episcopal Church before enlisting in the Y. M. C. A. He is a graduate of Columbia University and is married.

George H. Macrum gave up his work as an instructor in the New York School of Applied Art to aid in the war work. He is thirty-nine years old, an artist and is married. Mr. Macrum studied at the Art Students' League for more than six years and then obtained the position of art instructor. His home is at No. 121 East Twenty-second street.


Ffynhonnell:
World War history: daily records and comments as appeared in American and foreign newspapers, -1926. (New York, NY) 28 Apr. 1918, p. 133. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, www.loc.gov/item/2004540423/1918-04-28/ed-1/.

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