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The Cost of Survival

What would you do to survive? Most of us believe there are some things we would never do, even if they could save our lives. However, until we find ourselves in a life-and-death situation, we can never know how far we might go for self-preservation. The marooned survivors from the James Allen did not hesitate to do what they felt was necessary to prolong their lives.


De Armond, R.N. “The wreck of the James Allen.” December 1945. AlaskaWeb.Org. https://alaskaweb.org/jasallenwreck.html.

Stein, Gary C. “Their Feast of Death: The wreck of the whaler James Allen.” 2018. Coriolis, Vol. 7, Number 2.

Sullivan, Toby. “Wreck of the whaler James Allen.” June 8, 2022. Kodiak Daily Mirror.



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