File No. 841.857/389

The Consul at Liverpool ( Washington ) to the Secretary of State

[Telegram]

Harold E. Burke, American citizen, residing 24 Holmes Court, Portsmouth, N. H., affirms member crew British schooner. Mayola, St. John’s, Newfoundland-Alicante, Spain, cargo fish, unarmed. German submarine commander, 4.15 p.m., February 16, ordered abandon vessel, placed boinbs on board Mayola. Crew in palm sea, wind moderate, rowed 21 miles to Albufeira, Portugal. No other Americans on board affidavit mailed.

Washington