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“Captain of Steamer Denies He Saved Swimmer,” a headline in the Washington Post read on Aug. 18, 1907. The swimmer was Brooklyn musician Edward Hugo Colell and how he ended up on the steamer is a mystery.
Colell left his home after midnight to go for a swim. Next time he was seen was aboard the steamship Huron, but the only way he could have gotten there was to swim to it, the Post said.
Colell said he became tired while swimming, was picked up by a fishing boat and taken to the Huron. Huron captain Ingram said Colell walked up to the vessel at the pier and that the ship didn’t stop for anyone.
At the pier, Colell was dressed not in his swimsuit but in old clothes and had a roll of money in his pocket and paid for his passage.
His Wife Grows Nervous
Mrs. Colell grew concerned when her husband didn’t return in a reasonable time. She went looking for him and found his bathrobe and towel on the beach.
She called the police and they, along with neighbors, conducted a more thorough search. It turned up nothing other than slippers and an overcoat.
The Colell family was surprised when police notified them a few days later that Mr. Colell was aboard the Huron. The ship had just passed Atlantic City and was headed for Charleston.
The mystery of how Colell ended up on the ship had “set all the friends of the Colells rubbing their eyes.”
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