Lieutenant Arthur S. Carpender, Commander, Fanning, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
July 15, 1917.
From: Commanding Officer, (Lieut.A.S.Carpender, U.S.N.),
To: Commander U.S.Naval Forces Operating in European Waters.
Subject: Survivors – S.S.Charilaos Tricoupis.
1. At 10:25 and 10:40 a.m., 13 July, 1917, in latitude 52.30 <N.,> longitude <13º03’> W., picked up from two boats, 23 survivors of Greek steamer Charilaos Tricoupis, L.Gonlandris, Master; from Dakar, 27 June, 1917, for Sligo, Ireland; cargo, maize.
2. Two torpedoes fired at vessel, first at 8:15 a.m., and second at 8:40 a.m.; first struck starboard quarter, between rudder and propeller, doing no damage; second starboard side amidships blowing up ship, which sank at 8:45 a.m. Ship abandoned after first shot. Submarine not seen, until after second shot, when she came to surface, showing no colors, and nobody coming on deck. She then submerged and disappeared. From discription of master and survivors submarine was of the U-52-62 class.
3. Landed survivors at Bantry, Ireland, and after fueling at Berehaven, returned to station.