Cruise of the U.S. Flag-Ship Hartford – From the Personal Journal of Wm. C. Holton

April 22d. A serious accident occurred this evening severely wounding five of our crew. A submerged vessel drifted upon our cable with such force as to tear it from its fastenings, breaking the pawls from the capstan. As this chain was connected with the capstan, and the bars shipped, they were whirled around with great velocity, knocking down several men. These men sustained severe contusions; one suffered the fracture of the forearm, and another was struck in the stomach, nearly killing him outright. Fire rafts appeared to-night, but did no damage.

Cruise of the U.S. Flag-Ship Hartford–Wm. C. Holton

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