But unfortunately the announcement did not contain all the mews
to our disadvantage. In the House of Commons on Tuesday Mr. Balfour said that we had lost six drift-net boats, and he qualified the statement as to the lossof two German destroyers. He remarked that the Admiralty, had " no ground for thinking " that any German destroyer was sunk by our gunfire, but they had " ground for think- ing " that two German destroyers struck mines and probably sank. He also said that the ' Queen ' could have been saved if it had been recognized that she would stay afloat for six hours ; tbat the ' Flirt' had been surprised in the darkness and fired on at close range ; and that the ',Nubian ' could probably be salved.