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

May 3d. A serious accident occurred this evening, resulting in wounding more than twenty men. The men were heaving up anchor when the ship swung off with the current, bringing up on the cable with such violence as to whirl the men from the bars, breaking the pawls of the capstan, and the bars throwing the men in all directions. The injuries were one dislocated shoulder, one fractured fore-arm, one do. finger, one do. skull, one do. jaw, and many jammed, bruised and bleeding.

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

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