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Thread #8054   Message #1416758
Posted By: Melani
21-Feb-05 - 04:55 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Mary Ellen Carter (Stan Rogers)
Subject: RE: Origins: Mary Ellen Carter (Stan Rogers)
My interpretation of "There were just us five aboard her when she finally was aswash," is that the rest of the crew had already abandoned ship, implying a larger crew than five or six. I have always envisioned her as a small to mid-sized cargo carrier. And she wasn't necessarily working the coastal fishing ground to sink in only 60 feet of water; the story also implies that she hit the rock because she wasn't where she was supposed to be, since the officers were drunk and not paying attention.