File No. 300.115H34/6

The Consul at Amsterdam ( Mahin) to the Secretary of State


Supplementing telegram 22d, Healdton lights showed name and American flag painted on sides, also flag flying at stern; two torpedoes, one entered amidships at name, other at flag; ship sank in few minutes, three boats lowered, one capsized, drowning occupants; one with 8 reached northern Holland, 1 man dying of injuries, another badly hurt; 13 in other boat 12 hours, suffered cold wind, choppy seas, brought by Dutch trawler to Ijmuiden; submarine appeared after boats lowered, offered no assistance, indistinct in darkness but undoubtedly German, disappeared when ship sunk, no other vessel in sight. Crew 41, 13 Americans, rest various nationalities; 21 lives lost, 7 Americans: third assistant engineer Johnson of Hoboken; second mate Chandler, New York; third mate Hudgins, Norfolk; oiler Levereaux, Michigan; cabin-boy Healy, San Francisco; sailors Smith, Chicago, Steiner, Pittsburgh. Ships papers and personal effects lost. Affidavits by mail.