Capt. Larz Neilson, probably master of the Benjamin Goodhue, was near Bari
May 13, 2009
My late father, Capt. Larz Neilson, probably master of the Benjamin Goodhue, was near Bari. He told me that the problem with the mustard gas from the John Harvey was that it was heavier than air and about two inches of it sat on the water. Any man who leaped overboard from some other ship that had been hit went through the gas, and then re-encountered it as he came up for air.
Thank you for that.
This affair was indeed hushed up mainly because of the Mustard Gas carried, and the awful end results after the ships were sunk.