The World – When the liner’s lights went out – December 26, 2020
It is told that the steamship Central America, on a voyage for New York to San Francisco, sprang a leak in mid-ocean. A vessel seeing her distress bore down toward her and the captain of the rescue ship cried, “Let me take your passengers on board now.” But it was night and the commander of the Central America feared to send his passengers away in the darkness. Thinking they could keep afloat a while longer he replied, “Lie by until morning.” About an hour and a half later her lights were missing.
The vessel had sunk, and all on board had perished because it was thought that they could be saved at another time. “Now is the accepted time.”