In Martha Ferguson McKeown's book, "The Trail Led North." published by the MacMillan Company, Mont Hawthorne tells of a barrel of salt Chinaman that washed ashore on Captain Hank's beach.
In the fall of 1899, Hawthorne relates, while the crew of an Alaska Salmon Cannery was sailing down the coast for San Francisco on the bark "Hope" a Chinaman on board died of beriberi. The Chinese felt it their religious duty to send the bones of their dead back to their native land to rest beside their ancestors. But since a storm was raging, the cannery superintendent suggested they throw the body overboard. The China boss strenuously objected to burial at sea. So the Captain reminded him that the body wouldn't keep. Mont Hawthorne added, "Unless it's salted down."
The China boy pondered that suggestion, and that night the corpse was cut to fit into a pork barrel, salted and sealed. The cannery crew kept the barrel in the hold. As the storm continued with unabated fury, the Chinaboys became so frightened that they pounded on the barrel and prayed to the dead Chinaman to stop the wind or they would throw him overboard. Finally when they were some 900 miles west of Cape Flattery they heaved him into the sea. Soon thereafter the storm blew itself out. That was during the week after Thanksgiving.
In June, the barrel came ashore on the beach near Capt. Hank's place. Two Swedes found it. Meat was scarce on the Hoh and they thought they had a barrel of pork. Captain Hank helped open it. The top piece looked like good side meat, so they started to divide it three ways. But when they saw a hand with long fingernails, they hurriedly replaced the meat, headed up the barrel and buried it under a nearby tree. Later, Chinese from Seattle dug it up and sent the bones of their countryman back to China.
Although reputed to be a prodigious drinker, Capt. Hank was considered an expert with a sailboat. After Donaldson's "Annie Jane" was sold, Hank owned and captained the "Surf Duck", a two-masted sailboat, 45 feet long. Eventually both he and the ship were lost at sea.