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Notes on Peter F. Madsen
Peter was born in Norway
This article was copied from The Havana Daily Telegraph, Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 1906
[Sokoto Saves Seventeen]
Rescues crew or Norwegian Bark Wellington who drifted on wreck for five days.
Captains wife among sufferers without food and desperate, they clung for life to poop of waterlogged bark. The steamer Sokoto brought into port sixteen men and one woman, rescued on Sunday near Nassau from the sinking bark Wellington, on the poop of which they had clung, huddled together in fear and hunger, for five days, while the bark, waterlogged and awash, sank under them slowly.
The Sokoto, a British steamer of the Canada - Cuba - Mexico line, was on a regular trip from Montreal and Halifax to Cuba. Captain Cotterell was, as usual, in command. Arriving in 34,29 degrees North latitude and 65,40 West, which is near Nassau, she sighted the Norwegian bark Wellington, of Christiansand from which came desperate signals for assistance.
The Sokoto lay to and after nine hours hard work, in a heavy sea, succeeded in bringing aboard from the disabled bark, the seventeen persons that clung to the poop which was still clear of the water. They had been five days without food, and were exhausted by the lack of nourishment, by lack of sleep and with fear of the fate from which they saw no escape until Sokoto appeared on their horizon.
The Wellington cicared from gulf port with lumber for Resario in the Argentine republic. She was captained by Mr. Friedriksen, who has with him his wife and a crew of fifteen men. The Wellington sprang a leak, became waterlogged and unmanageable. Had her cargo been anything but lumber, she would have gone down long before she crossed Sokoto's way. The rescued Norwegians were placed in charged of the Norwegian consul at this port. The captain is ill and was unable to come ashore yesterday. He remained aboard the Sokoto where Captain Cotterell continues to show him every kindness. This is the third crew Captain Contterell has rescued; he has received two metals in recognition of the bravery evident in himself and this crew of manly Germans and Danes. [end of article]
Rumor has it that he served in WWI using a alias with the last name Brown. The records for the time he served were destroyed in a fire so he was unable to claim benefits. Marine Corp.
I have Peter's original United States Certificate of Citizenship No. 3648242 Petition no: 4115
At the time he was 43 years old and was residing at 409 W. Second St., Perrysburg, Ohio
The certificate id dated Jan 18, 1934. This was filed in Toledo, Ohio and has a signed photograph
Worked at Russel Mfg Company
Sometimes went by Peter F. Madsen