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Astoria man shanghaied to London
By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on October 6, 2017 12:01AM

The Oregon Archives recently posted a “shanghai” letter from July 29, 1891 on its Facebook page. It’s from Darius Norris (who wound up in London after being shanghaied in Astoria) to Astorian Bill Joplin. You can read the whole letter at Here are a few excerpts:

“I am in this city, I was run aboard a ship, shanghaied by (Astoria) Chief of Police (W. J.) Barry. I will be back as soon as I can get back. I will go over to New York, then I will telegraph to (Bill) Edgar to send me money … If you see him tell him I was run on a ship by them scoundrels. … They shanghaied me under the name of Smith. I will come back and face the whole crowd of them that wronged me …

“… They done this job to try and rob me out of my property. … They got $140 blood money on me by shanghaiing me on that ship. I got nothing. They told me that I was no seaman; so I got abused and crippled and got nothing, and was left here destitute by the action of those scoundrels. I will meet them if I live.”

One can’t help but wonder if he got his revenge.


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