War Diary, Fanning
24 September, 1917.
Enroute Queenstown, Ireland.
2. At 7:20 a.m. received signal from Coningbeg Light Ship requesting take shipwrecked crew on board. At 7:45 a.m. took Edward Purcer, and 2 men on board, the crew of the England schooner Mary Grace, 101 tons, which vessel bound from Youghal, Ireland for Squansea, England, with about 60 tons of lumber, was sunk by submarine 25 miles S.E. of Mine Head, about 7:00 p.m., 24 Sept. 1917. The master of schooner and crew were not intellignet and no accurate information could be o<b>trained, but it was ascertained that the submarine opened gunfire on shcooner without warning. The crew abandoned here, and after firing several shots, the submarine went alongside and blew her up, evidently with a bomb.
Received orders to search for submarine off Coningbeg, which orders were later madivied to search area between north and south lines from Ram Head and Great Newton Head, and 25 miles from each. Proceeded to area and engaged in search.