Seamen Eat Monkey

January 29, 1914

Sacrifice of Ship’s Pet Saves Starving Crew of Eight

British schooner Stanley Buffeted by Gale for Three Weeks in Sore Straits When Tank Steamer Comes to Her Rescue

New York—The three masted British schooner Stanley labored through heavy seas to Nova Scotis. Death visited the schooner but the only member of the company that suffered was the ship’s monkey, Garibaldi. His tail in the captain’s locker is all that is left of the ship’s pet now.

The task steamer Cymbeline, out of Bordeaux, brought the story of Garibaldi’s demise, for she met the Stanley in latitude 40.43, longitude 70.5, with her flag union down. It was a story of grim tragedy and grimmer comedy mingled.

After three weeks’ buffeting by high seas and winds the Stanley from Turk’s Island, found her rigging mostly carried away, her seams taking water, and provisions low. Then a gale broke that carried away the water casks and ruined what food remained. Captain Lohnes and his crew of seven, exhausted already, found themselves facing starvation.

The last morsel of food was eaten, and there was only part of a cask of water in the galley when the others went overboard. Garibaldi belonged to a sailor. The others began to look hungrily at him. Two were already partly delirious.

Captain Lohnes asked Garibaldi’s owner if they might kill the monkey. He refused. Another day passed. Then, when most of the crew were too weak to man the pumps, the captain ordered the monkey killed. Captain Lohnes had to execute Garibaldi himself, and then the cook made him into stew.

Garibaldi’s tail, saved by Captain Lohnes as a souvenir, was in the cabin locker when the Cymbeline was sighted. She reprovisioned the schooner, and gave her material for repairs to the rigging.

Captain Lohnes said Garibaldi had saved the eight lives on the Stanley.

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