So, it’s an article about a woman who flies planes and goes diving, but most of the article is about who she marries. Typical.

The thing I don’t understand is the last sentence: “After his third wreck, the sinking of the S. S. Delhi, he claimed his bride.”

Does that mean he was on three separate ships that sank? Did he sink them? How is this relevant to the story?


AN odd compact came to fulfillment recently when Mrs. Alys McKey Bryant, the prominent aviatrice, married Jesse W. Callow, chief engineer of the Pacific Coast Steamship Company. Years before, they had come to the agreement that if, at the expiration of ten years’ time both of them were free, they would marry.

Shortly after this Mrs. Bryant took up aviation, and attained prominence in that field, breaking the altitude record for women flyers. She built and equipped the machines that she used, following suggestions given her by the famous Johnny Bryant whom she subsequently married. Mr. Callow went into the service of the steamship company, and thus the couple drifted apart.

In a flight at Victoria, B. C., about eighteen months ago, Johnny Bryant was killed. Little thinking of the agreement she had made with Callow, Mrs. Bryant took up submarine diving. It was a novelty and the excitement of risk fascinated her. Her work was successful, and her services much sought after.

Mr. Callow, however, had not lost sight of his boyhood romance. After his third wreck, the sinking of the S. S. Delhi, he claimed his bride.

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  1. VaxGhost says: September 10, 20126:38 pm

    Chief Engineer is a position on a steam ship. The S.S. Delhi was wrecked on Strait Islands Reef in Alaska on January 18, 1915. Seems to me Mr. Callow served on three ships which were wrecked in 10 years, not that he actually wrecked them, which would be pretty unlikely for a chief engineer. After surviving three wrecks, he probably thought his luck was assured and took a gamble on Mrs. Bryant.

    But what happened to Mr. Bryant? He died August 6, 1913 in Victoria, BC, in what is purported to be Canada’s first fatal airplane accident. Alys lived until 1954


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