File No. 841.857/390

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


Harold E. burke, American citizen, 24 Holmes Court, Portsmouth, Hi, affirms was passenger British S. S. Drina, bound Lisbon-Falmouth, cargo meat; coffee, armed 6-ihch gun astern; sighted periscope submarine 7 a.m., March 1; gunner submerged. Midnight, March 1–2, 4 miles from Milford’ Haven, Drina torpedoed without Warning; 17 crew, 1 passenger lost; sea calm, wind light. Believed 2 American citizens among passengers. Understand saved and London. Does not know Whether American citizens among crew. Ship’s officers proceeded London. Consulate General notified address of crew. Aiffidavit mailed.