New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 3, June, 1915 eBook

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Two stokers, Byrne and Hussey of Liverpool, gave a few details.  They said the submarine gave no notice and fired two torpedoes, one hitting No. 1 stoke hole and the second the engine room.  The first torpedo was discharged at 2 o’clock.  In twenty-five minutes the great liner disappeared.

The Cunard Line agent states that the total number of persons aboard the Lusitania was 2,160.

MR. KESSLER’S DESCRIPTION.

[Special Cable to THE NEW YORK TIMES.]

LONDON, Monday, May 10.—­Survivors of the Lusitania arriving in London yesterday from Queenstown told some of their tragic experiences to THE NEW YORK TIMES correspondent.

They forcibly expressed the opinion that the Lusitania was badly handled in being run into waters where it was known submarines were waiting.  Although not for a moment attempting to shift the blame from the “murderous Germans” for the sinking of a ship full of innocent passengers, they insisted that the officers of the steamship, knowing that submarines were lurking off the Irish coast, ought to have taken a different path to avoid all danger....

George A. Kessler of New York, in an interview, gave the following description of the Lusitania sinking and of preliminary incidents aboard:

“On Wednesday I saw the crew taking tarpaulins from the boats, and I went up to the Purser and said: 

“’It’s all right drilling your crew, but why don’t you drill your passengers?’

“The Purser said he thought it was a good idea, and added, ’Why not tell Captain Turner, Sir?’

“The next day I had a conversation with the Captain, and to him suggested that the passengers should receive tickets, each with a number denoting the number of the boat he should make for in case anything untoward happened.  I added that this detail would minimize difficulties in the event of trouble.

“The Captain replied that this suggestion was made after the disaster to the Titanic.  The Cunard people had thought it over and considered it impracticable.  He added that, of course, he could not act on the advice given, because he should first have the authority of the Board of Trade.

“I talked with the Captain generally about the torpedo scare, which neither of us regarded as of any moment.  The Captain (you understand, of course, that we were smoking and chatting) explained his plans to me.  He said that they were then slowing down, (in fact, we were going only about eighteen knots,) and that the ship would be slowed down until they got somewhere further on the voyage, and then they would go at all speed and get over the war zone.

“I asked him what the war zone was, and he said 500 miles from Liverpool.

“According to the next day’s run, ending about two hours before the mishap occurred, we were about 380 or 390 miles from Liverpool.  So we were in the war zone, and we were going only at a speed of eighteen knots at the critical moment.

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