Vienna Historical Museum



This collection of historical artifacts and paintings documents Vienna's evolution from a Roman encampment, through the Turkish siege, to the subsequent 640 years of Habsburg rule. (7V, Karlspl. To the left of the Karlskirche. Open Su and Tu-Sa 9am- 6pm.

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The mess room boy, Thomas Wilson, had been trapped in his room below decks aft by the inrushing water and had attempted to escape via a porthole, but had become jammed in it. Mr H. Speed, the senior third engineer, had been proceeding to the boat station when he heard the boy’s cries. He immediately leant over the side whilst sitting in the waterway on the poop deck and, getting his feet on the boy’s chest, took hold of his arms and hauled him out of the porthole and back on deck, undoubtedly saving his life. A few seconds more and the water would have reached the porthole, drowning him. The ship sank stern first in three minutes and, owing to the reserve buoyancy contained in the forward ballast tanks, the forward hold up front, and the cofferdam and forepeak, she remained for some time with her stern on the seabed and her forecastle above the surface. The forecastle eventually sank shortly before daylight the following morning, by which time she had remained afloat for about 12 hours. It is understood that the bulkheads in the after cargo tanks and in the cross bunker collapsed with two explosions, and divers later discovered that the ship broke in two and now lies in two separate sections on the seabed. The 5,224-ton British steamship King Neptune (1928 – Messrs Dodd, Thompson and Co. Ltd, Cardiff) rescued the master, 41 crew and four DEMS gunners and landed them at Grimsby at about 1800 hrs on 17 April.

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