Thursday, August 15, 2013

Ferryman Has Narrow Escape

The Marietta Register, October 7, 1925

C. K. Walker, ferryman at Briggs Station, is making efforts today to raise the houseboat in which he nearly lost his life Sunday at 3 a.m., when the craft sprung a leak and sank in six feet of water.

Walker, who had retired early Saturday evening after reading accounts of the efforts of divers to reach the sunken S-51, was awakened early the next morning with the sound of slopping waves about the foot of his bunk.

He barely had time to slip from his bed, pull on a few clothes and make it to shore when the boat took its final plunge and went to the bottom of the Ohio.  Mr. Walker is unable to account for the sinking as the craft was in good shape.

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