The Great War Part 196, May 18th 1918

218 The Great War A S I ^Iceland BRITISH ISLES ^Vancouver ¦Newfoundland noL/67w&.— —~~~ arr.L^cj Midway /.h i/am a If. r^g° .West vVlndies onolult Sandwich Marshall I? J rirudad vpeprgetown ffpT^lkayenne Galapagost0 ,Christmas /Phoenix li tnsion 'nambuco Samoa If S?He/en Puamotu f.s A ton fag asl Oucit /.L filT O Pitcairn 1 .Norfolk /.Auckland 7 NEW Z E A LAND Wellington VChatham /?Dune din Bering F a lk land I?o m REFERENCE pear Cables— MairjiLand Cables }Virc!ess Stations StA Georgia brilliant light. Cocos was able to state when the mirror was setup at Singapore: Everything smashed. N o light. Will get instrument up at daylight. Report us all well. Emden engaged by British cruiser. Result unknown. Landing-party commandeered schooner Ayesha. Good-night! This message from Cocos came in at about 9.15 p.m. on the day of the battle. Next morning the cablemen on the island managed to get their instrument up as promised, and sent out an interesting story of their adventures. At 6 a.m. on November 9th 1914 a member of the staff was leaving office after night duty and met a Chinaman who told him that a ship was lying off the entrance to the lagoon. Climbing on the roof of the office the operator saw a four-funnelled warship and as the station had been for some days in wireless communication with the Minotaur he first thought it was the British cruiser. Then the doctor of the station climbed to the roof and saw that one funnel was a dummy one made of canvas, and that the ship was flying no flag. Thereupon a wireless cry for help was sent out: "SOS. Strange ship ”in entrance altered presently to:“ SOS. Emden here.” Messages were also sent by cable as already described. While most of the staff was getting out of bed and dressing the Emden got out a launch carrying Maxim guns fore and aft and towing a couple of cutters. Reaching the jetty the boats disembarked a landing-party of some forty men with three officers and four machine-guns. “Where is the wireless if you please ?”said one of the officers. “We have had plenty troubles with your wireless and cables.” Splitting up into three sections each under an officer the landing-party rushed the quarters and office turned out the operators and posted guards about. As we have seen the onrush the cable office Germans wreck was made too late all communicating the cable station stations and London having been advised of the raid. The onrush the wireless hut was also belated. The atman the wireless key continued to send out the call until the second party of Germans discovered him and although the Emden was trying her hardest to jam the station call with her wireless apparatus the message that doomed the raider went out clear enough to be received by the Australian squadron then within steaming distance. There were twenty-nine Britons at the station with a few twelve-bores and small arms against some forty-three THE WORLDS LINES OF COMMUNICATION :LAND AND SEA CABLES AND WIRE STATIONS-LESS
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