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The Valencia’s Last Ride



Michael C. Neitzel


Copyright 2013 Michael C. Neitzel


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Author's Foreword

The Graveyard of the Pacific


It is always difficult to reconstruct an event like the tragedy of the Valencia. One has to rely on whatever testimony is available from survivors and eye witnesses, and piece it together as best as possible. Because all those involved are dead, the information can only be second-hand. The result is that someone has already intertwined personal feelings, prejudices, interpretations and assumptions with the facts.

Reports by survivors of the wreck of the Valencia were the most valuable. Although eye witnesses often differed in their statements of the same event, I have used their testimony when I felt that it would make clearer to the reader and easier to understand what passengers and crew endured during the fateful last hours.

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