Mr. Hoehling gives a detailed account of the sighting of bodies by the crew of the Tottenham. 11 August, '25 n miles' southwest of East London, in the vicinity of the Great Fish River, seaman Curtis, at the wheel of the Tottenham, called officer John Noble Day to the bridge, reporting that he had seen“a little girl—ten or twelve— dressed in a red gown.” drifting past the steamer. Mr. Day summoned the master, Mr. Cox, and together they surveyed the surrounding sea noting that “all round the ship pieces of flesh floating on the water, one piece larger than the others with an albatross” sitting on it and which looked like “the trunk of a body.” E.F. Humphrey, third officer, noted “two human bodies face downward,” with seagulls perched on them. A number of Chinese sailors on board confirmed this by saying “Plenty dead bodies seaside!” No attempt was made to retrieve the bodies and allegedly Captain Cox rejoined his crew to silence about what they had seen.
The Mercury (Hobart) Saturday 26 February, 1910.