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Shark Attack

Southern Confederacy, Oct. 5, 1862 -- page 3


Edward H, Tibbetts, a Maine sailor on board the U.S. Gunboat Kearsage, met a fearful death at Algesiras Roads,Spain on the 13th ult. He was attacked by a shark while in bathing, and although the poor fellow fought the monster bravely, before the boat could reach the spot the shark secured his prize by grasping him by the left side, crushing his ribs, and bearing him to the bottom. It was a horrid sight - a hundred and fifty of Tibbett's shipmates looking at him within ten yards, but unable to render any assistance.