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Bert Cross

Bert Cross

...If I live to be a thousand years old I will never forget the experience...

[I was] going to Michigan City on the first boat to assist in preparing an electrical display for the big parade planned for the day.  We were on the promenade deck and near the center of the boat, and others, men, women and children were packed around us as closely as human beings could stand.  When the boat started to list toward the river, I was not alarmed.  I knew the boat to be cranky and told the bunch that she would straighten up again but she didn't.  Even when she was leaning at a 45-degree angle the women and girls were laughing and joking and were not aware of any danger.  And then the boat turned over and the fight for life began.

I don't know yet how I managed to get out on the side of the ship.  And for the next two hours I worked pulling men, women and little children out of the boat and from the water.  If I live to be a thousand years old I will never forget the experience.  Full story

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