Monday, June 25, 2012
sinking of the SS ARTIST - leaflet
The following text is from what I assume is a wartime leaflet. The source for the original pdf file was sourced from the University of Colorado library WW1 digital collection.
Murder Again !
Now that the shadow of disaster hangs over her,
resorts to deeds of shame such as the world has never known.
The Secretary of the British Admiralty makes the following
The British ss. " Artist," when
48 miles from land in a
heavy easterly gale, was torpedoed by a German submarine
on Saturday morning, January 27th. In response to her
appeal, sent by wireless, " S.O.S., sinking quickly," auxiliary
patrol craft proceeded to the spot and searched the vicinity,
but found no trace of the vessel or her survivors.
Three days later the ss. " Luchana " picked up a boat
containing 16 of the survivors. The boat had originally contained
23, but seven had died of wounds and exposure, and
were buried at sea. The surviving 16 were landed, and of
these five were suffering from severe frostbite and one from
a broken arm.
The crew had been forced to abandon their ship in open
boats in a midwinter gale, and utterly without means of
reaching land or succour.
Those of them who perished during those three days of
bitter exposure were murdered, and to pretend that anything
was done to ensure their safety would be sheer hypocrisy.
The pledge given by
to the Germany not United
to sink merchant ships without ensuring the safety of the
passengers and crews has been broken before, but never in
circumstances of more cold-blooded brutality.
by Sir Joseph Cattston
& Snns, Ltd., 9, Eastcheap, Great
Britain , E.C. London