Finding of Court of Inquiry
Lord Mersey delivered judgment today with regard to the sinking of the steamer Fallaba. He said that the steamer had more than sufficient lifeboats and all were in good order. The cargo included 13 tons of cartridges and gunpowder for the Government. An amount which did not exceed what was usual in peace time. The Fallaba was an unarmed and the submarine did not give the crew and passengers reasonable opportunity to enter the boats. The opportunity was so inadequate that he, Lord Mersey, was driven to the conclusion that the submarine’s aimed at sacrificing the lives passengers and crew. There was evidence of laughing and jeering aboard the submarine while the Fallaba’s victims were struggling for their lives.