The tanker Oklahoma, in ballast, ran into heavy weather
about 50 miles off Atlantic City on January 4th, 1914,
and broke in two forward of the engine room.
The afterpart turned turtle
and sank with the greater part of the crew.
Two boats stowed forward were thrown into the sea
as there was no other means of launching them.
The first boat capsized
and out of 11 occupants five were drowned,
but the remainder suceeded in righting her [seems unlikely].
This boat was picked up later
by the steamship Gregory, Capt. W. Aspinall,
and five of the six men were found to be alive,
though greatly exhausted.
The second boat containing three dead bodies
was picked up by the U.S. revenue cutter Seneca
three days later.
The forepart of the Oklahoma was sighted
by the Spanish steamship Manuel Calvo,
which wirelessed the news to New York.
At the time, it was too rough to attempt a rescue,
but eventually eight men, mostly officers,
were taken off the tanker's bridge
by the Hamburg-Amerika liner, Bavaria.
The crew of the tanker numbered 38,
of whom 25 lost their lives.