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3648 UNIVERSAL HISTORY-THE MODERN WORLD.

determination, and having frustrated Germany's torpedo attack on the 3d Battle

Cruiser Squadron, Commander Loftus

Jones turned his division to regain his

position on our battle cruisers. At this

moment three German vessels came into

sight out of the mist and opened a heavy

fire, further disabling the Shark and

causing many casualties on board; Commander Loftus Jones was among those

wounded. Lieutenant Commander J. 0.

Barron, commanding the Acasta, came to

the assistance of the Shark, but Commander

Loftus Jones refused to imperil a second

destroyer, and directed the Acasta to leave

him. The Shark then became the target

for the German ships and destroyers.

Commander Loftus Jones, who was assisting to keep the only undamaged gun in

action, ordered the last torpedo to be placed

in the tube and fired, but while this was

being done the torpedo was hit by a shell

and exploded, causing many casualties.

Those gallant officers and men in the Shark

who still survived continued to fight with

the only gun left in action, the greatest

heroism being exhibited. The captain

was now wounded again, his right leg

being taken off by a shell; but he still

continued to direct the fire, until the

condition of the Shark and the approach

of German destroyers made it probable

that the ship would fall into the hands

of the enemy, when he gave orders for

her to be sunk, countermanding this

order shortly afterward on realizing that

her remaining gun could still be brought

into play. Shortly afterward she was

hit by two torpedoes and sank with her

colors flying. Only six survivors were

picked up the next morning by a Danish

steamer."

Naval critics did not hesitate to praise

the Germans for the damage they managed

to inflict upon a superior force and for

their success in escaping from a dangerous

situation. In many quarters it was felt

that the British had hardly made the

most of their opportunity; that they had

failed to justify expectations roused by

the traditions of a glorious past. Defenders

of the British contended that only a combination of bad weather, failing light, and

ill luck had prevented a complete victory.