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Hospital Ship Britannic Survivors Say Propellers Killed 45 Men
Several survivors of the hospital ship Britannic, which was sunk in the
Aegean Sea, were among the crew of the Adriatic, which arrived here
yesterday, and were positive that she was torpedoed by a German
submarine and not mined, as stated in the English newspapers.

They also said that forty-five members of the crew were drowned or
killed by the propellers through the engines being put full speed ahead
after she was hit in an endeavor to beach the ship in shallow water.

A. W. Breed, second steward on the Adriatic, held a similar position on
the White Star liner Arabic when she was torpedoed in August, 1915, and
also on the Britannic a few weeks ago. He said that he preferred the
Aegean Sea because it was so much warmer to swim in.

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Mark Baber


Encyclopedia Titanica (2007) INSIST TORPEDO SANK HER (New York Times, Sunday 28th January 1917, ref: #5655, published 5 September 2007, generated 23rd July 2021 05:12:47 PM); URL :