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Our cable messages recently stated that Mr F. 0. Swaia, chief officer of the whaling barque Charles W. Morgan, has been killed by a whale. It appears that on 15th August the whale was sighted, and boats were quickly out and manned. Mr Swain " fastened" the whale, which kicked and broke the tiller. The whale must have also struck Mr Swain, as his apparently lifeless body was seen to disappear a moment or so after the accident. He was nearly 60 years of age, and has been whaling for 40 years. He leaves a wife and two grown-up children,, who resides m South Dartmouth, near New Bedford. A few minutes after this unfortunate accident the second boat, m charge of Mr W. W. James, second mate, " fastened" the same whale, when the monster again " kicked," and capsized the second boat, staving it very badly. The second mate was picked up unconscions and taken aboard, and was a long time before he recovered. He was knocked about on the head and back, and is still suffering from the effects. He states that he remembers nothing from the time that he fastened the whale until he came to his senses on board.

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THE PERILS OF WHALING., Marlborough Express, Volume XXX, Issue 252, 27 October 1894

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THE PERILS OF WHALING. Marlborough Express, Volume XXX, Issue 252, 27 October 1894

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