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Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
23-Apr-06 - 10:00 PM
Thread Name: BS: origin of 'Polly Want a Cracker?'
Subject: RE: BS: origin of 'Polly Want a Cracker?'
The Yukon story is a good one, but the 1883 "Polly wants a cracker" in "Treasure Island is earlier.
Is there still an earlier citation?

The Canadian Pacific Princess Sophia was a passenger steamer, 1912 to its loss in 1918. The ship struck the reef on the 24th at 2:00 AM. A number of boats in the Lynn Canal ports and area came to help, but Captain Locke thought that the ship was safely wedged on the reef and decided to postpone off-loading for better weather. The ship was on the reef for a day and a half before the storm renewed in force. The craft who came to help scurried to safety. The next morning the Sophia was gone.
An interesting book on the sinking is by Ken Coates and Bill Morrison, 1990, "The Sinking of the Princess Sophia," Oxford Univ. Press (Toronto), 224 pp. Also 1991, University of Alaska Press, 220 pp.