Here is an extended series of entries from the photo album of Philadelphia socialite Honore Cahill, who had a series of memorable voyages and near misses during the 1920s. The first voyage in the Album is aboard the Southern Cross, Buenos Aires/NYC in August 1924.
6 SAVED IN SEA EPIC; SHIP, CAPTAIN LOST
MEN LASHED TO RAFT ATE RAW FISH TO LIVE
As the Munson Liner Southern Cross, bound here from Buenos Aires, was steaming to port Sunday afternoon the lookout discerned something tossing about on the ocean far off the Jersey Coast.
The something proved to be an improvised raft on which six sailors, tortured by hunger and thirst had been clinging ever since their vessel, the 4 masted schooner Samuel W. Hathaway of Boston had been wrecked in the fearful hurricane the preceeding Monday.
For five days the men, who had seen their captain and two other men drowned as she went to the bottom, her every timber shattered.
Without food, save for a few fish they had managed to capture and had devoured raw; without water, save for a few drops of rain and the thirst maddening sea water itself they had been tossed about at the mercy of the raging seas. All hope of rescue had been abandoned, there lashed to their miserbale raft they were awaiting death with the knowledge that a school of hungry sharks was following eagerly, ready to tear to pieces the first one that fell off.
Then the Southern Cross hove in sight. Too far gone in their agonies even to wave for help, the six despairing men gazed with prayerful eyes at the big liner.
The rescued are Trygyve Gaardner, first mate; Axel Olafson; Wilhelm Weetnen; Fred Melvin, the colored cook; Ingolf Larsen and Harten Hansen. The passengers of the Southern Cross made up a purse of $900 which will be divided between them and the widow of Captain Elliot.
(unknown paper, clipping, August 31, 1924)
Similar photos taken by other passengers were later run in The American Weekly Of Bueonos Aires Magazine for October 4, 1924.
While they are dining with Captain Carey, Neithworth, their family "seat" is burning to the ground, taking with it "Priceless antique furniture and china, a valuable library, and many art treasures gathered from all parts of the world.