I am equally amazed, because I googled "Sproit" and I didn't find this!
But the truly wonderful thing is that this is not just any old steamship called "Sproit" - this is the same one and the article records the meeting with the Mantua!
Although the cutting is dated 29 January 1916, it refers to a letter dated 25 November, and the letter itself has been written after the voyage had ended. The Mantua's log is for Sunday 24 October 1915 and records the boarding as 7pm, while the newspaper report says 6pm on a Sunday - the two ships were presumably keeping different times.
Naturally I will be including the link in my history!
Thank you so much, Caro