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Thread #90855 Message #1725689
Posted By: Ebbie
23-Apr-06 - 09:07 PM
Thread Name: BS: origin of 'Polly Want a Cracker?'
Subject: RE: BS: origin of 'Polly Want a Cracker?'
Interesting story, Little Hawk. The Princess Sofia (pronounced so- FYE-ah, by the way) is still very much in the memories of Juneau people. The ship hung up on Vanderbilt Reef not far offshore, and the only survivor was a dog. Juneau people have told and retold the story of small boats going out and collecting bodies for several days.
A musician friend - Paul Zahasky - recently wrote a very good song about the catastrophe told from the POV of two of its passengers, Walter Harper, aged 23, and his bride Frances. They were on their honeymoon having been married the month before. They lie side by side in our cemetery.
Walter Harper, interestingly, was in the party that first summitted Mt. McKinley five years before. In 1913, the Reverend Stuck was the first leader to make it to the top of the mountain (the tallest in North America), although it had been attempted often since Judge James Wickersham and his party had first tried it in 1903.
I like the addition of Polly to the lore.