Only three days before disaster, the Manhattan Soap Company invoice was sent to Lamar Grocery Co. in Selma, Alabama for a shipment of products. An order placed by the grocery company was loaded onto the south bound steamer, City of Athens. But apparently the shipment never made it. On 1 Mary 1918, early in the morning near 1:00 a.m., dense fog crept into the line of sight of a French cruiser just off of Cape Romaine near the Delaware coast. The warship with a steel hull sliced through the steamer and more than sixty lives were lost. Half the those on board were saved. The steamer was from the Savannah Line and sunk in seven minutes. Obviously Manhattan Soap Company's cargo was lost to the ocean. Desiring to reclaim that loss, the company was contacting Lamar Grocery Company to assist by returning the invoice showing what cargo had been bound for their company, but had settled under water with the rest of City of Athens' freight. 1. Langland, M.A., James, ed. The Chicago Daily News Almanac and Year-Book for 1919 (The Chicago Daily New Company: Chicago, 1919): 138.