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v COLLISION IN ENGLISH
CHANNEL CAUSES PANIC
v London, March 16. At 4:30
o'clock this morning, the German
- bark'Pisagua rammed the big P.
& O. liner Oceana off Beachy
Head in the English channel.
The Oceana carried 500 pas
. sengers. They all were sleeping
' when the cras.h came. The fend
ing, fearful sound of steel tearing
' steel awakened them, and they
rushed on deck in their night
clothes. There was a great hole in the
liner's side.- She began to fill up.
and sink immediately after 'the
Most of the crew of the Oceana
were Lascars. They ran amuck
. when they saw thaj: the ship was
1 doomed. They fought to get at
' the lifeboats. The English offi
cers drew revolvers and threat
" ened witheath the first Lascar
to touch a hoak
T The Lascars were held at bay,
if but in thVxonfusion caused by
Ytheir mad rush, the first lifeboat,
t cfcowded with thinly-clad, fright
' ened women, was swamped."
It is not known how many wo
. men weer in the boat when it
sank. But only one' was saved.
Meanwhile, th'e wireless opera
tor of the Oceana was sending
.out frantic calls for help. The
calls were heard and answered by
other liners and. tugs and by the
lifeboat station at Eastbourne.
The news spread on shore,
which was in plain sight of the
wrecked liner, and when the life
boat sank the shores .were lined
with men and women.
They saw. the lifeboat dip un-
der and turn turtle,isaw the wojn
en struggling in the watgr, and
heard their tries of agony, and
were forced tb stand helplessly
The Pisaqua itself was badly,
damaged. It limped into Dover
bay. It probaTjJy will sjnk there.
There was no excuse for the
collision. The sailing vessel is
blamed for it It is believed pos
sible that some freakish refusal of
hers to answer tlie helm may have
been responsible. , ;
The Oceana will vtje a total
wreck. She was valued at:$2,
500,000. She carried $5,000,000
in gold in her holds, which was
destined for the Chinese govern
ment to'help in the fight-against
the rebels, This, it is lelieved,
will be recovered by divers.
A most graphic story of the
wreck was told here today I by
Miss Mary Lynch, who with a
score of other bedraggled men
and women, survivors of the
wreck, arrived""here today.
"I was sleeping in my bertK
when the crash came," she said.
"I heard a sound I jcannot des
cribe. I shall never forget it. It
sounded like the jOceana was be
ing torn to pieces.
"I heard women screaming,
and I felt as if T were going to
faint. Then I pictured myself
going down, downJnto the sea'in
the hulk of the Oceana. ,
"I got out of my berth, and ran
(for the deck. '
"The companion ways were
crowded with men and ' wonteni
most' of the women an cT some' of
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