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Maderans survived a shipwreck

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I am coming more and more to believe in that theory of “six degrees of separation,” the idea that everyone is just six steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person on Earth.

While doing some research the other day, I stumbled across this inquiry from one Diana Smith from Oregon.

She wrote, “I am interested in knowing if there are any other living persons or descendants of passengers & crew of the ship “ALASKA” that was to have sailed from Portland, Oregon, to San Francisco in August of 1921. After leaving Portland, the ship wrecked on Blunt’s Reef off the coast of Eureka on Aug. 6, 1921. Of the 220 crew & passengers, 42 people died.

“I have a family member who was a living survivor of that event. She was a 4-year-old who survived by floating on a piece of debris for many hours before her rescue. I would like to connect with other persons interested in this story, and also find additional information or articles about the disaster for our family scrapbook. Thank you.” ...


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