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The Cunard steamer Carpathia was sunk by an enemy torpedo in the Atlantic, west of Ireland, last Wednesday while on the outward voyage.

Survivors state that the vessel was sunk by a German submarine at about 9:15 on Wednesday morning. All of the passengers and crew were saved except three firemen and two trimmers, who are supposed to have been killed by an explosion in the engine-room.

The survivors number 215, including 36 saloon and 21 steerage

Members of the crew state that just after the passengers had breakfasted a torpedo struck the vessel slightly forward of the engine-room and a minute or two later a second torpedo crashed into the engine-room. There was no panic on board, and the passengers and the surviving members of the crew got away in small boats without difficulty.

The Carpathia, 13,603 tons, was built in 1903 by Swan and Hunter (Limited), of Newcastle. She rescued survivors of the Titanic and the Volturno.

[Note: This article is incorrect in stating that Carpathia was involved in the Volturno rescue.]

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2004) THE CARPATHIA TORPEDOED (The Times, Saturday 20th July 1918, ref: #3448, published 15 August 2004, generated 1st August 2021 02:24:27 PM); URL :