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Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Sunday, January 29, 2006 at 04:27:25 :

Sausalito News
Saturday, March 19, 1927
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Capt. J. C. Harding Drowned Wednesday

Without uttering a word or giving any intimation of his intentions, Captain Joseph C. Harding of Magnolia avenue, Larkspur, leaped overboard to his death from the lower deck of the Golden Gate ferry boat, Golden Gate, Wednesday afternoon. Captain Harding was formerly skipper on a Standard Oil company tanker.

Mrs. Effie Harding, the captainís widow, has been in a state of collapse since being informed of the tragedy. She states that Captain packed his suitcase before leaving the home but gave no explanation. She was unable to find a reason for his act.

The Golden Gate left Sausalito about 1:30 Wednesday afternoon and several persons noticed the man pacing up and down the deck. When the boat was about ten minutes out from Sausalito, Captain Harding walked calmly to the forward rail, climbed up without hesitation and jumped into the bay.

Bernard M. Michaelson, lookout on the Golden Gate, saw him too late to avert the act. Michaelson paused only long enough to shout the alarm and then jumped in after Harding in an effort to rescue him and keep him up until a boat could be launched. Michaelson was unable to locate the unfortunate man and the men in the lifeboat had no better success.

Passengers said they saw the manís head rise once in the wake of the ferry and then disappear.

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