Captain William Lewis Herndon was a skipper of the Packet Central America that sailed from New York to Panama, a main routed for the California gold rush. On September 12, 1857, the ship sank in a storm off Cape Hatteras with the loss of 426 men including Herndon, who went down with his ship. Most of the women and children were rescued and Captain Herndon was praised for his orderly removal passengers, his disciplined crew, and his personal bravery.
The song that is playing was written by a friend from Ca. Song title is  The Central America and written by Ron Perry.

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