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Rescue efforts were stalled because of bad weather

Professional photographer E.H. Pond was able to ride aboard one of the rescue boats, a fishing vessel named King & Winge, and took many pictures of the Sophia as she sat on the reef. This picture was taken October 24, when rescue efforts were stalled because of bad weather. Captain Locke, feeling that there was no immediate danger, did not want to risk the lives of those on board by putting them in lifeboats in the stormy weather. Alaska State Library

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