“and forthwith…we found our vessel overcome by some unseen hand…the sea roiled and became mad as the vessel shook violently and took in much waters. Seaman Parker and I made for a life vessel in which we fruitlessly made for the rocky shores… I daresay I remember naught… other than a lilting melody as an angel’s voice and I found myself tumbling into the frigid waters.
Looking about for Seaman Parker… I glimpsed a sight baffling, I know not exactly what I have seen; was it the face of some maiden? Or a beast, a fish of some sort diving into the murky depths? The sea quieted again yet I know not what happened to Mr. Parker. I do know days before he hummed that same unearthly melody. This is all I can relate, the lad kept his thoughts in his journals which were lost with him that dreaded day upon the cold hard ocean waters.”
– Edmond Cookman De Revol, Dover Iron sanatorium 19__ Bay of the Salt Sea re. the S.S. Yorke Investigation