Siting of Captain Herndon
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Captain Herndon of the SS. Central America
Presented here is an article reprinted from the Sailors Magazine
Vol 30 No. 5 January 1858. Published by the American Seamen's Friend
Society, No 60 Wall Steet. New York.
AN INCIDENT OF THE CENTRAL AMERICA
A young man who was amoung the passengers of the Central America,
relates the following: IN the night after the vessel went down, he
was swimming in the water supported by his life-preserver, having
some $4000 in gold attached to his person, which he had obtained in
California. There drew near to him in the water a man belonging to
Illinoise, who demanded of him his life preserver, threatening to
take it by violence if refused. The young man demurred, and protested
against the injustice of such a robbery. His assailant acknowledged
it, but pleaded necessity. "I know," said he, "it is
hard but I must have it - if you were my own father I would take it
from you." It being useless longer to resist the youth unbound
the preserver, and gave it to him. But a trretributive Providence
was there - the youth was saved, the robber perished.
He continued swimming for a time without assistance, but at lenght
his gold proving to heavy, he wa sobliged to detach his belts and
let them sink, - the hard earnings of many months of toil. He states
further that about midnight, Captain Herdon approched him, swimming.
He cried out cheerfully, "Well my lads, how is ti with you?"
After some conversation, Captain H. said as they drifted asunder,
"If you are saved, report me, as having been near you at this
time, and if I am saived I will do the same for you." This
was the last seen of him.
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