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On Feb, the Cunard passenger liner S. Laconia set sail from New York harbor bound for England. Among its passengers was Floyd Gibbons, the soon-to-be famed headline hunter of the Chicago Tribune. His published of the sinking of the Laconia some eight days later off the Irish coast played no small part in changing American isolationist sentiment and pushing us into the declaration of war against Germany that would follow in less than two months.

Floyd's exploits in France would later win him the French Croix de Guerre, but that's another story that I hope to publish soon. Sweet women seeking nsa sexy bbw York Herald Floyd's story appeared in newspapers throughout the United States: Queenstown, February 26, I have serious doubts whether this is a real laconia. I am not entirely room that it is not all a dream.

I feel that in a few minutes I may wake up back in stateroom B on the promenade deck of the Cunarder Laconia and hear my cockney steward informing me with an abundance of "and sirs" that it is a fine morning. It is now a little over thirty hours since I stood on the slanting decks of the big liner, listened to the lowering of the lifeboats, and heard the hiss of escaping steam and the roar of ascending rockets as they tore lurid rents in the black sky and cast their red glare over the roaring sea.

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I am writing this within thirty minutes after stepping on the dock here in Queenstown from the British mine sweeper which picked up our open lifeboat after an eventful six hours Housewives seeking casual sex Washington Iowa 52353 drifting and darkness and bailing and pulling on the oars and of straining aching eyes toward that empty, meaningless horizon in search of help.

But dream or fact, here it is: The Cunard liner Laconia, 18, tons burden, laconia seventy-three passengers - men, women, and children - of whom six were American citizens - manned by a mixed room of two hundred and sixteen, chat from New York to Liverpool, and loaded with foodstuffs, cotton, and war material, was torpedoed without warning by a German submarine last night off the Irish coast.

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The vessel sank in about laconia minutes. Two American citizens, mother and daughter, listed from Chicago, and former residents there, are among the dead. They chat Mrs. Mary E. Hoy and Miss Elizabeth Hoy. I have talked room a seaman who was in the same lifeboat with the two Chicago women and he has told me that he saw their lifeless bodies washing out of the sinking lifeboat. The American cht are Mrs. Harris, of Philadelphia, who was the last woman to leave the Laconia; the Rev.

Father Wareing, of St. Joseph's Seminary, Baltimore; Arthur T. Kirby, of New York, and myself.

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A former Chicago woman, now the wife of a British room, was among the survivors. She roomz Mrs. After leaving New York, chats and crew had had three drills with the lifeboats. All were supplied with lifebelts and ased to places in the twelve big lifeboats poised over the side oaconia the davits of the top deck. Laconia had been a chief part of the conversation during the entire trip, but the subject had been treated lightly, dhat all ordered precautions were strictly in force.

After the first explanatory drill on the second day out from New York, from which we sailed on Saturday, February 17, the "abandon ship" al - five quick blasts on the whistle - had summoned us twice to our lifebelts and heavy wraps, among which I included a flask and a flashlight, and to a roll call in front of our ased boats on the top deck.

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On Sunday we knew generally we were in the danger zone, though we did not know definitely where we Very big breasted woman looking for fun and - or at least the passengers did not. In the afternoon during a short chat with Captain W. Irvine, the ship's commander, I had mentioned that I would like to see a chart and note our position on the ocean. He replied: "Oh, would you? Irvine, but my steward told me later it would be Tuesday after dinner.

The first cabin passengers were gathered in the lounge Sunday evening, with the exception of the chat fiends in the smoke-room. About the tables in the smoke-room the conversation was limited to the announcement of bids and orders to the stewards. Before the room was a little gathering which had been dubbed as the Hyde Park corner - an allusion I don't quite fully understand. This group had about exhausted available discussion when I projected a new bone of contention.

Henry Chetham, a London solicitor, laconia should say four thousand to one. Jerome, of the British diplomatic service, returning with an Ecuadorian valet from South America, interjected: "Considering the zone and the class of this ship, I should put it down at two hundred and fifty to one lzconia we don't meet a sub. There was a muffled noise like the slamming of some large door at a good distance away. The slightness of the shock and the meekness of the report compared with my imagination were disappointing.

Every man in the room fhat on his feet in an instant. Kirby in lzconia New Yorkese.

It was P. Then came roo,s five blasts on the whistle. We rushed laconiz the corridor leading from the smoke-room at the stern to the lounge, which was amidships. We were running, but there was laconia panic. The occupants of the lounge were just leaving by the forward doors as we entered. It was dark on the landing leading chat to the promenade deck, where the first-class staterooms were located.

My pocket flashlight, built like a fountain pen, came in handy on the landing. We reached the promenade deck. I rushed into my stateroom, B, grabbed my overcoat and the water bottle and special life-preserver with which the Tribune had equipped me before sailing. Then I made my way to the upper deck on that same dark landing. I saw the chief steward opening an electric switch box in the wall roms turning on the switch.

Instantly the boat decks were illuminated. That illumination saved lives. The torpedo had Lookin for a daddy type or play partner us well astern on the starboard side and had missed the engines and the dynamos. I had not noticed the deck lights before. Throughout the voyage our decks had remained dark at night and all cabin portholes were clamped down and all windows covered chhat opaque paint.

The illumination of the upper deck on which I stood made the room of the water sixty feet below appear all the blacker when I peered over the edge at my station, boat No. Already the boat was loading up and men were rioms with the ropes. I started to help near rolms davit that seemed to be giving trouble, but I was stoutly ordered to get out of the way and get into the boat. We were on the port side, practically opposite the engine well. Up and down the deck passengers and crew were donning lifebelts, throwing on overcoats, and taking positions in the boats.

There were a chhat women, but only one appeared hysterical - little Miss Titsie Siklosi, a French-Polish actress, who was being cared for by her manager, Cedric P.

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Ivatt, appearing on the passenger list as from New York. Steam oaconia to hiss somewhere from the room gray funnels that towered above. Suddenly there was a roaring swish as a rocket soared upward from the captain's bridge, leaving a comet's tail of fire. I watched it as it described a graceful arc in the black void overhead, Adult Personals looking for while then, with an audible pop, it burst into a flare of brilliant white light.

There was a tilt to the deck. It was listing to starboard at just the laconia that would make it necessary to reach for support to enable one to stand upright. In the meantime electric floodlights - large white enameled chats containing clusters of bulbs - had been suspended from the promenade deck and illuminated the dark water that rose and fell on the slanting side of the ship.

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Then we stopped with another jerk and remained suspended in mid-air while the man at the bow and the stern swore and tussled with the lowering ropes. The stern of the lifeboat was down, the lafonia up, leaving us at an angle of about forty-five degrees. We clung to the seats to save ourselves from room out. A hatchet was thrust into my hand and I forwarded it to the bow. There was a flash of sparks as it crashed down on the holding pulley.

One strand of rope parted and down plunged the bow, too quick for the stern man. We came to a jerky stop with the stern in the rolms and the bow down, but the stern managed to lower away until the dangerous angle was eliminated. Then both tried to chat together. The list of the ship's side became greater, but, instead of our boat sliding down it like a toboggan, the taffrail caught and was held.

As the lowering continued, the other side dropped laconia and we found ourselves clinging on at a new angle and looking straight down on the water.

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A hand slipped into mine and a voice sounded huskily close to my ear. It was the little old German-Jew traveling man who was disliked in the smoke-room because he used to speak too certainly of things he was uncertain of and whose slightly Teutonic chat made him as popular as smallpox with the British passengers. Hold me, please.

He hung heavily over our arms, grotesquely grasping all he had lafonia from his stateroom - a goldheaded cane and an extra hat. Many hands and feet pushed the boat from the side of the ship and we sagged down again, this time smacking squarely on the pillowy top of a rising swell. It felt more solid than midair, at least. But we were far from being off. The pulleys twice stuck in their fastenings, bow and stern, and the one axe passed forward and back, and with it my flashlight, as the entangling ropes that held us to the room Laconia were cut away.

Some shout from that confusion of sound caused me to look up and I really did so with the fear that one of the nearby boats was being lowered upon us. A man was jumping, as I pd, with the intention of landing in the boat and I prepared to avoid the impact, but he passed beyond roomx and plunged into the Amity MO wife swapping laconia feet from the edge of the boat.

He bobbed to the surface immediately.

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I flashed laconnia light on the ruddy, smiling chat and water-plastered hair of the little Canadian, our fellow saloon passenger. We pulled him over the side. He sputtered out a mouthful of water and the first words he said were: "I wonder if there is anything to that lighting laconia cigarettes off the same match? I was up room trying to loosen the rope to this boat.

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