Passenger Receipt, First Cabin, Capt. Thomas Badger [158906]

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Passenger Receipt, First Cabin, Capt. Thomas Badger [158906]
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Capt. Thomas Badger First Cabin Passenger Receipt, First Cabin ticket No. 9, recovered from the purser's safe of the S.S. Central America shipwreck in 2014. This receipt is faded, chipped on right edge. Capt. Thomas Badger was one of the most important of all the S.S. Central America passengers. He had been captain of several other ships and had traveled on the S.S. Central America three other times and was thus very familiar with the ship. He reportedly took over when Chief Engineer Ashby ignored his duties, which allowed the boiler furnaces to burn down, get cold, and come to a near-stop. Capt. Badger also was observant in finding water in the lower levels, including the boiler room, and he organized bailing crews. Badger was also instrumental in organizational management of emergency procedures during evacuation and subsequent recoveries. Badger survived, probably because of his extensive sea knowledge. He was awarded a silver horn, engraved to him noting his bravery, which is today in a Virginia museum. Much has been written on him in the historical record of the S.S. Central America. He was one of the living heroes.

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Provenance: SS Central America Collection