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On a journey from Mobile, Alabama to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the schooner HARRY A. BERWIND experienced gunfire on the morning of October 10, 1905. A black sailor was said to have murdered all the white crew and ordered surviving crew to sail to Cape Fear. Although the story is mentioned infrequently it provides important information on life at sea and relationships between races, particularly with federal court handling of cases involving black and foreign nationals, at the dawn of the twentieth century.