The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960 Page: 4
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
On January 30 the early Sunday calm of the Bahamas was
shattered by the cry, "Man overboard." George Ring, who was
on deck talking to the captain, saw one of the crew, John H.
Johnson, fall into the sea.
He floated along with his head some six inches under water when
the captain threw a large coil of rope over him. It fell over his head
and shoulder. But he did not choose to take hold. George then threw
the main sheet at him, but he floated slowly along.
The ship lay to and one of the crew told George and Theodore,
who had rushed on deck at the cry, to cut loose the oars of the
small boat, which was then lowered and four men jumped into
her. But by this time fifteen minutes had elapsed and the brig
was "at least a mile" from where the seamen had jumped. The
effort at rescue was unsuccessful and the small boat returned to
the ship. The sails were set and the East sailed on. To memo-
rialize the tragedy, Captain Graffam wrote a poem. Scudder re-
corded it verbatim in his journal.
Hole in the Wall bore west five miles
The sun was up, shone gloriously bright
A sailor sick wandering yes insanity
A Jump a Splash my God oh what a sight
Fair was the morning holy was the day
No bells or heralds Proclaimed the Sacred morn
Death with his sting passed that way-
And took his own at early Dawn-
Avaunt, but who dare question such as thou
King of all fears, servant to the most high
Prince Beggar Pauper bows to thee
The world, Yes all and so must you and I
Gone, never to return, to home or wife or mother
Lost, drowned, untimely was thy end dead mariner
No monument or grave stone marks the lone spot
And by the busy people will soon be forgot.
On Tuesday of the second week out, another crisis occurred
when "the captain opened the door leading from the cabin to
the other part of the poop where a portion of the cargo was
stored." A great gust of hartshorn [aqua ammonia] sent them all
"pell-mell" on deck. Scudder related that:
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960, periodical, 1960; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101186/m1/22/: accessed September 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.