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3644 UNIVERSAL HISTORY-THE MODERN WORLD.

the British turned homeward and, on the

following day, reached port.

Both sides claimed a victory. The

British admitted a loss of three battle

cruisers, three armored cruisers, and eight

destroyers, with a total tonnage of 114,110.

The Germans, at first, denied having lost

any vessels of much consequence, but

finally admitted the loss of the battle

cruiser, Luetzow, of 27,500 tons, of the small

battleship, Pommern, of four light cruisers,

and five destroyers, with a total tonnage of

63,015. The British declared that the

German losses were much heavier. The

Kaiser issued a vainglorious statement

claiming a great victory, while German

newspapers asserted that British naval

supremacy was destroyed. In reality, however, the next year showed that the British

command of the sea was fully as complete

as before, and the fact that the German

fleet did not seek to renew the battle

seemed to indicate that the German ships

that managed to escape reached port in a

badly battered condition.

The end of the battered Luetzow was thus

described by a German sailor:

"The Luetzow was now a complete

wreck. Corpses drifted past. From the

bows up to the first 30-centimeter gun

turret the ship lay submerged. The other

gun turrets were completely disabled, with

the guns sticking out in all directions.

On deck lay the bodies of the sailors in

their torn uniforms, in the midst of the

empty shell cases. From the masts fluttered torn flags, twisted signal lines, and

pieces of wire of the wireless installation.

Had not the lookout man and the three

officers on the commander's bridge given

signs of life, the Luetzow would have truly

resembled a ship of the dead. Below,

on the battery deck and in the coal bunkers,

there still lay innumerable wounded, but

there was no longer a doctor to attend to

them.