File No. 763.72/2803

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Germany (Gerard)


3296. Department informed by Consul General [at] Rotterdam that Captain Barlow, American steamer Owego, of New York, which arrived Rotterdam August 14, reports having been fired at ten times near Isle of Wight in British Channel by German submarine without warning. No casualties reported. Please bring matter immediately and formally to attention of Foreign Minister, with request for prompt investigation of this case and a prompt statement to you of the findings.

You will perceive the importance of giving this case your constant attention until you have received a reply from the German Government.