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NAVY IN WAR TIME.
BELFAST MARINE'S .ADVENTURES: FROM SUEZ TO ICELAND.
Lance-Corporal Fred Morgan, Royal Marine Light Infantry. of H.M.S. Warrior, son of Mr. Thomas Morgan, Main Street, Bangor, who has just rejoined his ship after a short leave. had many stirring adventures to relate of the experiences of his ship's company since the war began. For some days previous to the declaration of war the British ships were at Alexandria, and it goes without saying that they were keeping a watchful eye on the Goeben and Breslau. On the 28th August,a letter dated 9th August was received by Mr. Morgan from his son in which be wrote ""We are at sea between Greece and Malta. coaling from a collier, and she is taking this letter back with her. As yet no harm has befallen me ar any of us here. We are waiting to see how Austria and Italy are going to place themselves. Only one ship here, a German ship called the Goeben, has more speed than our fleet. When she is put out of the way we will have little to fear from any."" The Goeben and Breslau, it will be remembered, escaped from Messina on 10th August. When the news was transmitted to the British ships the Admiral at once ran up the signal, ""Clear for action."" The British ships which lay in waiting were all inferior to the Goeben in size, armament, and speed. As a precautionary measure against fire from shells every article of wood was thrown overboard, and amongst these was a valuable armchair belonging to the captain of the Warrior, on which was marked his name and also that of the ship. And thereby hangs a tale. The Admiral outlined to the ships' crews the plan of attack. The enemy ships were expected after nightfall, but just before they hove in sight the flagship signalled not to attack. Whatever had happened it was a sad disappointment. The captain's armchair was picked up by a trawler, and taken to Fiume, the Hungarian port on the Adriatic. and placed in the museum there with a label attached, on which was printed. ""This is all that remains of the British cruiser Warrior."" The Austrian and German papers gave long accounts of the sinking of the ship, but a week or two afterwards she took part in the sinking of two Austrian cruisers and a torpedo boat in the Adriatic. She has since weathered many a tough gale, has come unscathed out of several tight corners, and is still afloat to help Britannia to rule the waves. After the battle in the Adriatic the Warrior sailed along the Palestine coast. South of Jaffa a force of Turks was located, and a party of marines and sailors were landed. They encountered the Turks, whom they defeated, making 300 prisoners. These were armed with rifles of the Maurer type and sword bayonets, one of which Lance-Corporal Morgan brought home as a trophy. The sword bears the inscription ""Mre. Imple. de St. Etienne. Aout. 1869"" (Miliitaire Imperial of St. Etienne, August, 1869). They were evidently used by the French in the Franco-Prussian war of 1870, and subsequently sold to the Turks. The captured Turks were taken to Ismailia, and imprisoned there.
CRACK SHOT OF SHIP'S COMPANY.
|Belfast Weekly Telegraph 30 Jan 1915 via Spike Sheldon"|