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Subject: Excerpt Of History
Date: Sat, 12 Jun 2004 18:43:21 EDT
"The Palatine gleamed in the sunlight as she set out with a full crew, a long
list of passengers, and a hull full of merchandise for the American Colonies
the winter of 1705-1751. Certainly, there was no indication that morning of
the destiny fate had in store for her.
It was not until the first of the storms blew the ship off course that the
passengers began to sense the trouble brewing under the surface between the
Capt. and his crew. By the time the storms had ended, the Capt. was dead, murdered
by his crew, and the passengers were prisoners. During the days which
followed, the sailors forced the passengers to pay exorbitant prices for a bit of
bread and some water to drink.
One morning, the passengers awoke to find that the crew had stolen all of
their money and stores and had abandoned the ship. Terrified, they could do
nothing but ride out the next series of storms sent by the devils which rule the
Atlantic in winter.
The Palatine came to ruin just off Block Island. The shore folk bravely faced
the storm to rescue the starving passengers from the wreck. Then they set
fire to the ship so that it would not endanger any passing ships. But as the ship
burned, the shore folk heard a wild scream. A mad woman, confined on the ship
during the voyage, had been left on board.
Every year since then, on the day of the tragedy, the Palatine reappears off
the shore and is wrecked and burned before the eyes of any who watch for her."