Lifeboat full of skeletons

The passenger steam ship SS Valencia has some horrifying stories attached to her terrible accident.

In January 1906 SS Valencia set out on voyage to San Francisco, with 108 passengers and 56 crew members on board. On 22 January SS Valencia struck a reef, because of the bad visibility. After the ship had grounded, the crew lowered the lifeboats, without the captains permission, and 6 out of seven boats didn´t make it.  One of the few survivors was Chief Freight Clerk Frank Lehn, and he said “Screams of women and children mingled in an awful chorus with the shrieking of the wind, the dash of rain, and the roar of the breakers. As the passengers rushed on deck they were carried away in bunches by the huge waves that seemed as high as the ship’s mastheads. The ship began to break up almost at once and the women and children were lashed to the rigging above the reach of the sea. It was a pitiful sight to see frail women, wearing only night dresses, with bare feet on the freezing ratlines, trying to shield children in their arms from the icy wind and rain”

Six months later some locals claimed to have seen a lifeboat full of skeletons in cave near the point of the accident, but due to bad weather, they where unable to recover the lifeboat or the human remains inside it. Later some local fishermen claimed to have seen a lifeboat rowed by skeletons of victims from the Valencia accident.

Ships passing through the area have also claimed to have seen a shadow looking a lot like a sinking Valencia, with people hanging on for there lives.

We know the accident really happened, but are the myths true? comment your answer!


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