File No. 841.857/399
The Consul at Swansea ( Moorhead ) to the Secretary of State
[Received 8.15 p.m.]
Affidavits John Ripp, American citizen, cook, and of chief officer, British bark Inverlogie, bound from Cardiff, cargo coal, for Russia; stopped by German submarine Bristol Channel by warning shot over vessel, no attack made until crew clear of vessel, bark then sunk, ho attempt to escape made. Heavy sea running time of attack, lifeboats kept afloat with difficulty, submarine gave [Page 171] no assistance. No casualties, crew in mate’s boat rescued after seven hours by French steamer, landed Swansea; crew captain’s boat rescued by schooner, destination unknown. Department [Embassy?] informed.