Survivors Story
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A SURVIVOR'S STORY
from the Victoria Daily Colonist, 10 Jan 1904, pg. 8

Women and Children Drown Before Eyes of All

Wm. Grimes, of Redmond, Wash., was aboard the 'Clallam' bound for Victoria, and gives a concise statement of the disaster: "The weather was pretty rough." he said, "but we had no suspicion of the danger until some one forward said something about life-preservers. I went forward to investigate, and there learned that the 'Clallam' was making water rapidly. The boats were promptly manned and launched, and the women and children and such passengers as desired to leave were placed in them, competent crews being in charge. The boats made off from the steamer safely, but one after another they capsized, and we were helpless to render them assistance. They simply drowned before our eyes. In the meantime the crew and passengers were busy bailing and trying to stop the leak, but without success. The bailing was kept up, however, and soon we were overjoyed to learn that a big tug had hold of us. The tow boat started and made good headway until it became apparent that the 'Clallam' was careening under us, then all hands went on deck, and as the ill-fated packet listed we gradually crawled up on her exposed side, from where the brave fellows from the 'Holyoke' rescued most of us."

Prominent among those known to be aboard and as yet unaccounted for, is Homer Swaney, iron and steel plant promoter, and owner of valuable iron properties in British Columbia. He boarded the vessel here, and was not among the rescued.