Charles Jamieson: the man who stopped time
Charles Jamieson: the man who stopped time. This event occurred more than half a century ago, but the media it became known recently…
Mysteries of history: 11 Feb 1945, in 2 hours 20 minutes the night nurse on duty Boston military hospital ran out into the lobby and opened its doors widely, hearing the piercing howl rushed from the ambulance. A minute later, the nurses wheeled into the lobby of admissions stretcher.
— This guy’s name is Charles, Jamison, and say to the doctors shutting the door, said one of the orderlies.
Since the patient is barely breathing, sister postponed the paperwork in the morning and immediately contacted the EMT crew. The arrived experts stripped and looked at jameson. In appearance the patient was around 45 years old, he was in a coma. Discovered lacerations on his back and legs were inflamed and running; in addition, the mysterious patient was paralyzed.
Doctors have noticed that on both forearms jameson wore the same and very skillfully executed tattoo: on the background of the United hearts of crossed American and British flags.
Meanwhile, the nurse had rushed out to ask the nurses where they took this man and where are his documents and things — pockets strannogo to pieces of cheap costume patient was completely empty. However, the car was gone. Moreover, a few days later it turned out that none of the urban services ambulance is not sent to the hospital that day not a single patient!
Treatment with treatment, but to find out the identity of the barely living man was needed. Detectives of the Boston police sent fingerprints of jameson in the armed forces, Navy and merchant Navy, FBI. The police interviewed every one of the drivers of «ambulances» and presented their pictures to the nurse, but the woman didn’t identify any of them.
Meanwhile, a mysterious patient was on the mend. He came out of the coma, he was released a little paralysis, wounds well healed. However, he was silent. And that silence worried the doctors. For the past six months he sat in his rocking chair and silently looked out the window…
July 15, ended with a police investigation «the case of Charles jameson», which gave nothing. On the basis of the uniform and the tattoo on his shoulders was made one conclusion — Jamison was a sailor.
Two years later, the sister, going to the house of jameson, was surprised at the change in his behavior. For the first time in a long time Jamison smiled happily to her and uttered the words: «I just don’t know!»
Learning about dramatic change, ward Jamison arrived the chief of hospital Dr. Oliver William. Not knowing how long the patient can talk, the doctor immediately began a conversation, during which Jamison began to talk about the amazing things, it seems absolutely inaccessible to man of his standing and education. So, he talked in detail about William Gladstone (1809-1898) and Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), like you personally knew them, then I got to thinking about the campaigns of Napoleon Bonaparte, especially detailing the battle of 1805 Austerlitz.
Returning to yourself, Dr. Williams immediately contacted the head of the British information service by sir Elton Barker and invited him to a phenomenal patient.
Elton Barker sat in the chair next to jameson and told him about the large sea battles of English fleet. Then he pulled from the briefcase a bunch of drawings and handed them to Jamison. He carefully studied the backs of them and suddenly threw on the bed.
— Do not tell me, sir. Four picture marine arm signs wrong!
Jamison was absolutely right! Barker immediately put in the hands of the sailor a wad of photographs of British bases and ships. Looking at them, Jamison kept indifference, until I came across a photo of the Royal Naval ammunition depot.
— I was here! he shouted. Is in London, sir! Marine warehouse!
Charles, what you say is impossible. How old are you?
— And the picture was taken 60 years ago…
But Jamison began clearly and with details to say about naval artillery school in Gosport that existed in 1850! He described the management of the school premises, textbooks. The words of the sailor later was fully confirmed when Barker read the relevant documents.
Then he handed Jameson a directory of warships of the 1900 edition. Finding the battleship Bellerophon, Jamison began to cry and handed the book to Barker.
— I sailed aboard this famous ship, ‘ exclaimed the sailor. — I was in his team when the «Bellerophon» only the stocks have gone… We took the combat course at Jutland…
Dr. William was surprised:
As, Charles, you were involved in the battle of Jutland?..
— Yes, sir. We were in the convoy.
It was a secret mission…
«Does he not know that the First world war ended in 1918? Does he still live in that time, 30 years ago?» thought Barker.
Both scientists continued to question the sailor on the battleship and Jutland, but he was dark and barely sucked on the words. Obviously, like other seamen of the British Navy, he sought to forget the shame that overtook them on 31 may 1916 off the coast of Jutland.
As Barker asked jameson, what is the meaning of his tattoo.
— Sir, the crossed British and American flags to symbolize our military friendship. This sign had all the sailors on the ship «Cutty Sark»! This was the famous three-masted sailing clipper.
Hearing Barker’s allowed to bring the most careful inquiries about the «Cutty Sark». The ship was launched in 1869 in Scotland and, along with other sailing vessels engaged in the transportation of tea. Then he opened the Suez canal, and even the fastest clipper could not compete with steamships. Therefore, in 1872, the «Cutty Sark» was redirected to the transport of English wool. Then the ship was purchased by a firm in Lisbon.
Article in the newspaper about a mysterious sailor from the Boston hospital has attracted the attention of one naval officer who had previously served on the transport, «Lejeune».
— Check the ship documents of the vehicle! he said to Barker on the phone. I think I remember the sailor with the surname jameson.
The experts from U.S. immigration found in the documents of an odd record. It was said that Charles Williams Jamison picked up… in the sea! In the list of persons aboard the transport, he contributed to Southampton on 24 January 1945. «Lejeune» arrived in Boston on 9 February 1945.
Surprised experts the fact that all the entries in the document has been printed on the machine, and data relating to jameson, handwritten in ink. When found former captain of the «Lejeune», he too was surprised, but couldn’t explain. It was against all rules to write by hand. The captain was convinced that the recording was made later.
The official entry read that Jamison was a prisoner of war, selected in the open sea. Author of the record, however, does not explain how Jamison got to the sea and how long he stayed in the water until it was up to the ship.
Dr. William Jamieson showed the pictures of the «Lejeune», but he just calmly glided over his gaze, saying nothing.
Which are then further confused the matter. Dr. Williams requested story «Cutty Sark» in Lloyd’s register. Among the documents was the report that on 10 July 1941 the German submarine «U-24» noticed a three-masted ship with inscription «the Cutty Sark» and ordered him to heave to. Instead of answering, the clipper gave the boat a volley of eight on-Board tools. A minute later a torpedo, released Nazi submarine sent a sailboat on the bottom. The crew of the submarine pulled out one sailor, floundering among the debris on the Board. He was a sailor, Charles Jamison, who was brought to the port and sent to a pow camp in Belgium.
It took another few months. Somehow Dr. William talked with his patient. Suddenly Charles grabbed a Notepad and quickly wrote the words «Hinemoa».
Is another ship on which you served?
«Hinemoa» was a cargo ship, carrying nitrates from Chile to British ports. I was on Board when it sank the German submarine…
Files Lloyd’s register really stored information about the small ship», Hinemoa», the Ship survived the second world war, but in 1945 because of the severe wear was towed out to sea and blown up.
Charles Jamison died in 1975. No one was able to understand was his revelation figment of fevered imagination or a real life experience, mysteriously stopped the time…