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Three British and a French Steamer Destroyed, All Probably in Mediterranean
And a Third Is Said to Have Been Captured and Taken to Port by British Warships
LONDON, Nov. 10---Three more British vessels and the French steamer France have been sunk by German submarines, which some time last week passed through the Straits of Gibraltar and into the Mediterranean Sea. As has been the custom recently, the announcements today did not contain the scene of the sinkings, but it is almost certain that most, if not all of them, occurred in the Mediterranean.

That Great Britain has taken steps to resist this new submarine warfare is indicated in a dispatch from Morocco which reports the destruction of two German submarines by a British cruiser.

A third U boat is said to have been captured in a disabled condition, according to a dispatch from Athens, which says:

"The newspaper Kairol says it has received assurance from a reliable source that British torpedo boat destroyers captured a German submarine in Greek waters last week, taking the crew prisoners. The submarine, with its engine damaged, was caught between Crete and Cythera and towed into Mudros."

The British transport Mercian, of 6,305 tons and owned in Liverpool, was attacked by a submarine in the Mediterranean, but escaped after twenty-three of her crew were killed and fifty others wounded by gunfire. The War Office made the following announcement tonight, telling of the attack:

"The outward bound transport Mercian was attacked by gunfire from an enemy submarine in the Mediterranean. She reached harbor safely with casualties of twenty-three killed, thirty missing, and fifty wounded, who were landed and are in a hospital."

The British steamers destroyed were the Californian of 6,223 tons, the Clan McAlister of 4,835 tons, which was last reported in London on Sept. 13, and the Moorina of 3,159 tons.
The Californian was a Leyland Line steamer, 447 feet long, 53 feet beam and 30 feet depth, built at Dundee in 1902. Many months ago she was taken over by the British Government.

The Californian figured prominently in the story of the Titanic disaster, having been near the scene of the wreck, but not having gone to the rescue. Lord Mersey, in presenting the judgment of the British Board of Trade Court of Inquiry into the Titanic disaster, mentioned the Californian as having seen the Titanic's signals at a distance of eight or ten miles, and declared she could have reached the sinking liner without serious risk and have saved many lives. The Californian's master, in a subsequent statement declared that the signals from the Titanic had not been recognized by the officer in charge as distress signals.

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