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Passenger Receipt, Second Cabin, Major Jacob B. Clark [158885]

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Passenger Receipt, Second Cabin, Major Jacob B. Clark [158885]
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Second Cabin passenger receipt recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck and issued for Jacob B. Clark, reportedly a veteran of the Mexican War and born in Tennessee (we were unable to verify). Klare's record of Clark shows him in Steerage, but the actual receipt says otherwise. When the ship was floundering, Clark and friend J.F. Reed of Petaluma each grabbed a stateroom door and a life preserver and headed topside to exit the ship before she went down. The violent nature of the sea caused havoc with the pair, and they were injured in the process. Reed got lost in the rough water, and Clark never saw him again. At midnight, Clark found another door, lashed it to his own with a handkerchief. As morning broke, and the Norwegian barque Ellen arrived, Clark found himself surrounded by dead, all wearing life preservers, floating at the surface. "It was a horrible sight." He was the 47th man rescued. He went back to California in 1858 for good. He became Sheriff of Sutter County, then moved to Colusa country where he mined and did other things.

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Provenance: SS Central America Collection