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Another one of the paranormal ship entries, there is no mention of her in the Lloyd’s Shipping Register (a register that classifies the ship and stays live on there until it’s sank, wrecked, hulled or scrapped) it’s existence comes with some scepticism. It’s also appeared as an entry in paranormal magazines such as Fortean Times, as it was apparently shipwrecked in Indonesian waters, the crew had died in mysterious circumstances and it may be that it is more fiction than fact.

The first reference in English surfaces in 1952, and has had mentions since then seem to be rumours of hand-me downs with nothing conclusive. Prior to that in 1948 a series of Dutch-Indonesian articles told of a shop, not specifically using that name, that was located with a sole survivor.

Before he died the man told the missionary that found him, that the ship had been carrying badly stowed sulphuric acid. The crew perished from the poisonous gasses and the missionary told the story to an Italian author.

It is possible that the boat was smuggling illegal cargo, maybe it was renamed for that purpose? The idea of it carrying potential chemicals that could mix would then not be completely unlikely, mixed together in a bad situation it would be either gasses or an explosion in potential.

Another theory given was leaking carbon monoxide from an undetected smouldering fire, or a malfunctioning boiler system. It could lead to the crew’s death and also to a fire that could destroy the vessel.

Another theory that came from the paranormal field is that the crew had been picked up/attacked by a UFO or some form of paranormal force prior to their death.

With no evidence of the ship and varying theories I’ll leave this one in your hands.

 

(Picture from the HMS Victory when I visited some time ago)

 

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A small island in the East River, between the Bronx and Riker’s Island, New York City. Once a hospital it is now pretty much a bird sanctuary, and uninhabited. It’s smaller companion is the South Brother Island, not located all too far away.

It was uninhabited until 1855 when the Riverside Hospital relocated there from what is now Roosevelt Island.

The island was also the site of a wreck of the General Slocum, a steamship. It had a fire on board, June 15th 1904, and a thousand people died before the ship beached up on the shores. The bodies also washed up on the shore.

In the 1950’s a centre was opened to treat young drug addicts. Heroin addicts were confined to the island and locked up until they were cleaned up. By the 1960’s widespread staff corruption and patient recidivism forced it’s closure.

 

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Riverside Hospital North Brother Island crop” by reivax from Washington, DC, USA – Riverside Hospital. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

In general shipwreck’s fascinate me and one of the biggest disasters at sea is the Titanic. April 15th, 1912 the White Star Line ship struck an iceberg on her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York City, USA. She carried only enough lifeboats for only a third of her passengers.

She carried 1,136 passengers and around 900 crew. Of 2,200 people 1,517 lost their lives. 710 survivors were brought aboard by th RMS Carpathia only a few hours after she sank. It was a disaster met with shock, outrage and a legacy for the modern world of conspiracies, alon with adventures to locate her. The fateful night itself is well documented and adapted. I’d like to write about a bit that was interesting to me.

White Star Line chartered the cable ship CS Mackay-Bennett and three other Canadian ships set off to recover the bodies. Each left with embalming supplies, undertakers and clergy. 333 victims were recovered, 328 were retrieved by the Canadian Ships and five more by passing North Atlantic steamships. In Mid-May 1912 RMS Oceanic recovered 3 bodies over 200 miles from the sinking site, they were from Collapsible A. Originally a female from the Collapsible A was recovered but the Oceanic then found the 3 bodies that had not been retrieved , they were formally buried at sea.

Again the first class passengers fared better than the others. When it was established the embalming supplies could not cover all the recovered victims, they decided to embalm the first class passengers. The port authorities would only accept the embalmed so the rest were buried at sea whilst the first class were embalmed for the purposes of identification due to large estates.

Around two-thirds of the bodies were identified, the unidentified were buried with numbers according to the order in which they were found.; The majority of the recovered 150 were buried in three Halifax cemeteries. Fairview Lawn Cemetery is non-denominational. Mount Olivert is Roman Catholic and Baron de Hirsch is Jewish.

59 of the bodies were identified by family members who had them transported to either the USA or to Britain. One body affected the crew of Mackey-Bennett who paid for the service and gravestone. Recent DNA testing has proven him to be 19 month-old Sidney Leslie Goodwin, an English child who lost his entire family. Sidney was buried 4th May 1912 with a copper pendant placed in his coffin by he sailors, it reads “Our Babe”. The bodies of his mother, father and five elder siblings were not recovered.

Theirs is but on tragedy among many and I hope that as the anniversary comes closer people remember them not for the Blockbuster films or best-seller novels but for a history that enriched other lives, forced better safety regulations and for the bravery of the people involved.

Click here for another wonderful related article from the comments, but I didn’t want anyone to miss it on passing.