A Floating Coffin
A FLOATING COFFIN.
Wrecked Whaling Bark Atlantic a Mass of Rotten Timbers.
Dec. 20.-Thousands of people visited the wreck of the whaler Atlantic
on the ocean beach yesterday. None of the twenty-five sailors still
missing have been found, although the beach has been searched for miles.
The investigation of the causes which led to the disaster will be interesting.
The Atlantic was a fair sample of the vessels composing the large whaling
fleet which sails out of San Francisco; she looked as seaworthy as any
of the fleet, but as she lies on the beach here, broken into match-wood,
it is plain that she was a floating coffin.
The surf on the
sandy beach beat her into pieces as if she had been stuck together with
glue. One can pull the ringbolts out of her rotten timbers. Her shattered
boats show the same criminal disregard of life. The boards of which
they are made are of the poorest material, loosely tacked together with
the cheapest nails and painted over to hide the defects. A prudent man
would not select the boats for a duck hunt on a pond, much less for
a whaling expedition in the Arctic.
From the collection of
The Comtesse DeSpair
The 1886 Morbid Scrapbook