The Times - a report of the sinking

 

BRITISH SHIP SUNK BY RAIDER

76 SURVIVORS RESCUED

FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT

MADRID, April

Some of the 76 survivors of a British ship who were rescued by the Spanish ship Cabo de Hornos and have arrived in Tenerife, gave harrowing accounts of their experiences.

Last month the ship was in mid-Atlantic when an enemy raider appeared and opened fire. The British ship was apparently badly hit, and her crew took to the boats and rafts. Five days later the Cabo de Hornos, which was at then some 700 miles from Sierra Leone espied three British seamen on a raft. They explained that others were also adrift, and the Spanish ship searched for them. Altogether 76 were picked up after having spent five days and nights in open boats or on rafts. A shark bit off the leg of one man when he was about to be rescued.