National Geographic : 1915 Jan
Photo from Rear Admiral L.G. Billings, U.S.Navy THE "AMERICA," PERUVIAN MAN-OF-WAR, AND THE U. S. S. "WATEREE" ON SHORE AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE; ALSO WRECK OFTHE ENGLISH MERCHANT VESSEL "CHANACELIA": ARICA, PERU "Heralded by the thundering roar of a thousand breakers combined, the dreaded tidal wave was upon us atlast. Ofallthehorrors ofthis dreadful time, this seemed the worst. Chained to the spot, helpless to escape, with all the preparations made which human skill could suggest, we could but watch the monster wave approach without the sustaining help of action. That the ship could ride through themasses ofwater about to overwhelm us seemed impossible. We could only grip the life-line and wait the coming catastrophe. ..The morning sun broke on a scene of desolation seldom witnessed. We found ourselves high and dry in a little cove, or ratherindentation inthecoast-line. We had been carried some three miles up the coast and nearly two miles inland" (see page 66).