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Frank Scott
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Bill Bunting passed on this good example of how passengers were carried in sailing cargo ships & signed on with nominal job titles and wages:

“In 1912, when novelist Jack London, his wife Charmian, and aide Yoshimatsu Nakata, made a Cape Horn voyage as passengers aboard the Sewall’s four-masted bark DIRIGO, supposedly for ‘insurance purposes’ they were signed on respectively as third mate, stewardess, and cabin boy. Fare for the three (and the London’s dog) was said to be $1,000, and their wages were returned to the ship’s agent at the close of the voyage.”