3515 THE TWENTIETH CENTURY-THE GREAT WAR. 3515
but in the whole battle only the Lion and
Tiger suffered hits.
Gradually the Blucher fell behind her
consorts in a crippled condition, and as
the British ships passed her, they poured
in salvos that rent great yawning holes
in her sides. Unable to make any effective
resistance but still unwilling to surrender,
she was finally finished off by a torpedo
from the light cruiser Arethusa. She
turned over on her side, and' presently
sank. Boats from the lighter British
vessels put off to rescue the survivors,
but a seaplane and a Zeppelin came up
and endeavored to drop bombs upon the
boats, and they were obliged to abandon
their work, after rescuing about 250 men.
"Shots came slowly at first," wrote one
of the Blucher's survivors. "They fell
ahead and over, raising vast columns of
water; now they fell astern and short.
The British guns were ranging. Those
deadly waterspouts crept nearer and nearer.
The men on deck watched them with a
strange fascination. Soon one pitched
close to the ship and a vast watery pillar, a
hundred metres high, one of them affirmed,
fell lashing on the deck. The range had
been found. Dann aber gings los!
"Now the shells came thick and fast
with a horrible droning hum. At once
they did terrible execution. The electric
plant was soon destroyed, and the ship
plunged in darkness that could be felt.
You could not see your hand before your
nose,' said one. Down below decks there
was horror and confusion, mingled with
gasping shouts and moans as the shells
plunged through the decks. It was only
later, when the range shortened, that
their trajectory flattened and they tore
holes in the ship's side and raked her decks.
At first they came dropping from the skies.
They penetrated the decks. They bored
their way even to the stokehold. The
coal in the bunkers was set on fire. Since