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Submarining of the "Belgian Prince"
A Survivors Story
About 8 o'clock p. m, on July
31, I heard an explosion, did not
know whether it was a torpedo or
a bomb, and I ran to my lifeboat,
the boats having been lowered from
their davits. After the crew board
ed lifeboats they were lowered in
to the water and we rowed from
the ship about 50 vards, when the
submarine came to the surface
about 100 yarcls from us and fired
at the wireless on board the Bel
gian Prince and tore it down; then
she came slowly between our three
boats, the fourth lifeboat having
been blown to pieces when the ex
plosion occured, leaving the cap
tain's boat on the porf side of the
submarine and the other two bbats
on the starboard side, and asked
for the captain. The captain said.
"Here I am." The captain was
taken into the conning tower of
the submarine and asked for his
papers and they were delivered up
to the commander of the subma
rine. Lined up on U-Boat'a Deck
The commander of the subma
rine said, "Is there any Runners
over there?" and our officer re
plied, "No, sir; they got killed."
The commander of the submarine
said, "If there is no gunners
aboard there bring your boats
alongside," and a3 we got along
side he said, "All hands on
deck." When we got on deck he
said, "Hands ur-." Then he lined
us up in single rank from the bow
of the vessel as far aft as the gun,
which was on board her, forward
the conning tower and which ap
peared to be a 6 inch gun.
There were two men of the sub
marine's crew on top of the conn
ing tower with guns of a large
bore in their hands, which they
kest trained on us. Seven others
of the German crew stood abreast
out line on the starboard of the
ship, armed with automatic re
volvers guarding us. The captain
of the submarine was also on deck
and stood near the forward gun
giving instructions in German to
his crew what to do. One seamen
of the submarine's crew stood a
little abaft the conning tower
about abreast the breech of the
after gun. The commander then
walked along the line of the Bel ,
gian Prince's crew asking them if
they had any arms on their per
sons and searching each individual.
He commanded us to take off our
life belts and throw them on deck,
which we did. As the life belts
were dropped the commander pick
ed them up and threw them over
board. Concealed Hi Life Belt
When I threw my belt down J
shoved it ahead on the deck with
my foot and finally stood on it.
As he walked along the line he
huddled us together in a crowd
and then went and pulled the plug
out of our lifeboats which were
lying on the starboard bow of the
submarine and he then walked aft
to the conning tower, at which
time I picked up mv belt quickly
and thrust it under a big loose oil
skin which I was wealing at the
time, hugging it close to my breast
with my arms.
When the commander went to
the conning tower four Germans
came on deck and roI in our cap
tain's boat, which was lying on
the port side of the submarine, and
the submarine backed a little, then
steamed ahead and rammed and.
smashed one of our boats, which
had been lying on the starboard
bow and had been cast off from the
submarine a few moment, before
The four men, who had gotten
into our captain's boat, rowed
alongside the Belgian Prince The
submarine then steamed ahead, as
near as I can guess, about 9 knots
per hour, leaving her four men in
our captain's boat alongside the
Belgian Prince, all of us, except
our captain, being huddled togeth
er on her forward deck.
She steamed thus about one
hour and a half, at which time I
noticed that the water was rising
slowly on the forward deck and it
came up on my feet. I also no
ticed some little time before this,
which time I can not accurately
state, the conning tower had been
Left Struggling in Water
The water rontinued to rise
around my ankles, and when the
water got 6 inches up on my legs
I pulled my life belt out quickly,
threw it over my shoulders, and
jumped overboard. The other men
did not seem to know what
was going to happen, some of
them were savina, "I wonder if
they are going to drown us," etc.
About ten seconds after I jumped
I heard a suction of a vesst l sink
iug and the submarine had snb
merged entirely, leaving the crew
of the Belgian Prince struggling
in the water.
I commenced to swim toward
the Belgian Prince, which I could
see faintly in the distance, it not
being very dark in this latitude at
this time of uiht. I am a good
swimmer and swam practically all
night on my back and in other
positions. One of our crew, who
was without a life belt I do
not know his name kept about
5 yards from me for about half an
hour after the submarine sub
merged. This man finally became
exhausted and sank. I heard nu
merous other cries for help from
our men, but could not see them.
Later I heard a whirring noise,
something like an aeroplane, and
studied the odor of gasoline, which
I thought was the submarine re
turnirg toward the Belgian Prince
to pick up her four men. When
day broke there were lots of dead
bodies of my old shipmates floating
around me. Then, about 5 o'clock,
as near as I can judge. I made out
the Belgian Prince and four men
coming over her side. Thev had
been lowering some stuff off the
Belgian Prince into the boat along
side. I cried out "Help! help!''
but they paid no attention to me.
At this time the submarine came
to the surface about 50 yards from
the Belgian Prince, and the four
men from the Belgian Prince ap
proached the submarine in their
boat and they hoisted seme stuff
out of the rowboat and put it on
board the submarine, and about
10 minutes afterwards she sub
merged, leaving one man in the
lifeboat, the other three . having
gone on board the submersibile.
Losing Sense' When Picked Up
As the submarine submerged I
heard a great explosion and the
Belgian Prince broke in two and
sank. I saw a vessel approaching
from a far distance and she gra
dually approached me. She came,
within a hundred yards of me close
to where the Belgian Prince had
sunk. She passed me, proceeded
some little distance, turned around,
and came back and picked me up,
at which time I was just commenc
ing to lose consciousness, As soon
as I revived I made a full state
ment ot the sinking of the Belgian
Prince and the drowning of her
crew to the captain of the boat
that picked me up, which was a
British patrol boat.
It appears that the man whom. I
mentioned as having been left in
the. rowboat when the submarine
submerged was picked up by the
British patrol boat after I became
unconscious, also the chief engi
neer of the Belgian Prince, who
had gotten hold of a log after the
submarine first submerged, and
thus had saved his life, was picked
up. We were taken by the British
patrol 'boat to Londonderry, Ire
land. After we landed at London
derry I was in a hospital for eight
days, recovering from my expe
Hences in the water. While I was
in the hospital they kept the man
who was picked up out of the life
boat, and who was a Russian and a
member of the Belgian Prince's
crew, in confinement in London
derry until I recovered sufficiently
to give a statement to the British
officials, the Rnssian having told a
somewhat different story which
they could not believe until I cor
roborated it in most of its particu
lars. I believe the reason thev
waited for my story was that thev
could scarcely believe from the)
Russian that the Germans would
do such a thing.
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