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