Charles Jamieson: the man who stopped time

18.12.2003

Charles Jamieson: the man who stopped time

18.12.03, the


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This event took place over half a century ago, but the media it became known recently …

11 February 1945 in 2 hours and 20 minutes the night nurse on duty Military Hospital Boston ran into the lobby, and a door opened, he heard a piercing howl rushed "ambulance". A minute later the orderlies wheeled into the lobby front desk stretcher.

— This guy's name is Charles Jamieson and say doctors — slamming the door, said one of the nurses.

Since the patient could barely breathe, the sister of delayed paperwork in the morning and immediately got in touch with a team of intensive care. Arrived experts stripped and inspected Jamison. In appearance the patient was about 45 years old, he was in a coma. Discovered lacerations on his back and legs were inflamed and running, in addition, a mysterious patient paralyzed.

Doctors have noticed that on both forearms Jamison flaunted the same and very skillfully executed tattoos: on the background of hearts connected crossed American and British flags.

Meanwhile, the nurse ran out into the street to ask the nurses, where they took this man and what happened to his papers and stuff — pockets in tattered shreds of cheap costume patient were empty. However, the car was gone. Moreover, after a few days it became clear that none of the city services, "ambulance" is not sent to the hospital that day not a single patient!

Treatment of treatment, but hardly figure out the identity of a living person was needed. Boston Police detectives sent fingerprints Jamison in the military, naval and merchant navy, FBI. Police interviewed every one of the drivers' neotlozhek "and presented their photo nurse, but she did not identify any of them.

Meanwhile, a mysterious patient was recovering. He came out of the coma, he let go a little paralysis, wounds were healing well. But he was silent. And the silence is very worried doctors. For the past six months, he was sitting in his rocking chair and silently staring out the window …

July 15 ended with a police investigation "of the case of Charles Jamieson," which has given nothing. Based on the uniform and the tattoo was placed on the shoulders of one conclusion — Jamison was a sailor.

Two years later, sister, going to the House of Jamison, surprised change his behavior. For the first time it's a long time Jamison happily smiled at her and uttered the words, "I just do not know!"

Learning about the dramatic change in the House to Jamison himself arrived hospital chief Dr. Oliver Williams. Not knowing how long the patient can talk, doctor immediately struck up a conversation, during which Jamison began to think about the incredible things that seem to be quite inaccessible to man his position and education. So, he spoke in detail about William Gladstone (1809-1898) and Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), as if he knew them personally, and then began to recall the campaigns of Napoleon Bonaparte, especially detailing the battle of Austerlitz in 1805.

Upon returning to her, Dr. William immediately contacted the head of the British Information Service Sir Elton Barker and invited him to a phenomenal patient.

Elton Barker sat in a chair near Jamison and began to tell him about the major sea battles of the English fleet. Then he pulled out of his briefcase and handed a bunch of drawings of Jamison. He began to examine them carefully and suddenly tossed onto the bed.

— Do not tell me, sir. Four drawings of marine Patches signs are wrong!

Jamison was absolutely right! Barker immediately put into the hands of a sailor stack of photographs of British bases and ships. Looking at them, Jamison kept indifference, until he came to the photo of the Royal Naval ammunition depot.

— I was here! — He cried. — It's in London, sir! Marine Warehouse!

— Charles, what you say is impossible. How old are you?

Forty-nine.

— A picture was taken 60 years ago …

But Jamison suddenly started convincingly and talk about the details of the marine artillery school in Gosport, which existed in 1850! He described the school, facilities, teaching aids. Words sailor later fully confirmed when Barker examined the relevant documents.

Then he handed Jamison catalog warships 1900 edition. Having found a picture battleship "Bellerophon," Jamison cried and held out the book to Barker.

— I sailed on board this famous ship — said the sailor. — I got into his team when the "Bellerophon" just got off the stocks … We took the combat course at Jutland …

Dr. Williams was incredibly surprised:

— How, Charles, you participated 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? Was he still in that time, 30 years ago?" — Thought Barker.

Both scientists continued to question the sailor on the battleship and Jutland, but he was gloomy and almost tsedil word. Obviously, like other British sailors of the fleet, he tried to forget the shame, the approaching May 31, 1916 off the coast of Jutland.

Once Barker said Jamison, the meaning of his tattoos.

— Sir, crossed British and American flags symbolize the friendship of our military. This sign had all the sailors on the ship "Cutty Sark"! This was the famous three-masted sailing clipper.

Barker's trial was allowed to visit the most careful inquiries about the "Cutty Sark". The ship was launched in 1869 in Scotland and, along with other sailing vessels engaged in transportation of tea. Then he opened the Suez Canal, and is not even the fastest clipper could not compete with steamships. Therefore, in 1872, "Cutty Sark" was refocused to transport English wool. Then the ship acquired by one company in Lisbon.

Article in the newspaper about a mysterious sailor from the Boston hospital has attracted the attention of a naval officer who had served in transport "Ledge."

— Check the ship's papers of transport! — He said to Barker by phone. — I think I remember a sailor with the last name Jamieson.

Experts from the U.S. Immigration documents found in a strange record. It said that Charles Williams Jamison picked up … in the sea! The list of persons on board the transport, its made in Southampton Jan. 24, 1945. "The Ledge" has arrived in Boston February 9, 1945.

Experts surprised by the fact that all the entries in the document have been printed on the machine, and the data relating to Jamieson, handwritten ink. When tracked down former captain of "The Ledge", he, too, was surprised, but nothing could explain. It was against all the rules — write by hand. The captain was convinced that the record did later.

An official said, that Jamison was a prisoner of war, picked up on the high seas. Author record, however, does not explain how Jamison came to the sea, and how long he stayed in the water until it was raised to the ship.

Dr. William Jamieson showed pictures of "The Ledge", but he just calmly slid over his eyes, not saying anything.

Came then the information is further confused the matter. Dr. Williams has requested story "Cutty Sark" Lloyd's Register. Among the documents was a report that the July 10, 1941 German submarine "U-24" saw three-masted ship with the inscription "Cutty Sark" and ordered him to heave to. Instead of an answer given by the clipper boat volley of eight on-board tools. A minute later a torpedo fired Nazi submarine, sailboat sent to the bottom. The crew of the submarine pulled out of a sailor, floundering among the debris on the board. It appeared to be a sailor Charles Jamieson, who was brought to the port and sent to a POW camp in Belgium.

It took another few months. Once, Dr. Williams spoke to his patient. Suddenly Charles grabbed a notebook and quickly wrote the words "Hinemoa."

— This is another ship on which you served?

Jamison nodded his head:

— "Hinemoa" was a cargo ship, vozivshim nitrates from Chile to British ports. I was on board when it sank the German submarine …

Lloyd's Register of files actually stored information on a small freighter "Hinemoa," The ship survived the Second World War, but in 1945, due to excessive wear was towed to sea and blown up.

Charles Jamieson died in 1975. No one was ever able to figure out whether the fruit of his revelations fevered imagination, or is the real life experience of a person unknown way to stop time …

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