Stowaway turns into the iceman
The man with the ice, Perce Blackborow, has a remarkable story.
He was a stowaway who boarded in Buenos Aires. His friend got a last-minute berth but when Blackborow was refused a place because there was no room, he decided he wanted to go on this great adventure anyway.
His friend helped him to hide away. He was found after a couple of days when a hatch was opened and, because it was too late to do anything, he became the steward.
He was young and enthusiastic and became very popular.
Blackborow is carrying ice which would be melted down for water.
The block he’s carrying would have provided enough water for the men for 24 hours.