§ Commander BELLAIRS
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty how many of our merchant ships have been destroyed by submarines up to date; and whether he can state how many of them have been destroyed by mobile torpedoes and how many by other means, such as gunfire, explosive charges placed on board, or opening sea-valves, etc.?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
The number of British merchant ships, exclusive of fishing vessels, reported sunk by submarines up to the 14th instant is 183. Of these ninety-three were reported destroyed by torpedoes. The number of British fishing vessels reported sunk up to the same date is 175, but the exact means by which they were sunk cannot be stated accurately.