> Yeah.. Heinrich Himmler was also really a nice
> guy. He just found himself in the midst of a
> systemic failure.
And I have no doubt that some plantation owners were "nice" to their slaves, perhaps only punishing them in solitary confinement or selling off a mother's child as punishment rather than beating or starving her. What heroes, eh?
Frankly, I can't get past the enigma that there is zero record of any record of the crate after the letter to Forshall.
There is zero record of any insurance payout other than reimbursing the British Museum for paying Hill to ship a wooden crate from Cairo to Alexandria. Why would there not be any official record of what surely would have been a much larger shipping bill from Alexandria to Liverpool for a "sarcophagus lost at sea"?
We have record of several documents discussing the process of removing a sarcophagus from G3, packing it up in a wooden crate, and shipping it to Alexandria. There is that single letter to Forshall assuring him the crate has been loaded into the Beatrice in Alexandria, with no official dock record of that.
And then it all breaks down. Nothing after that. Where did the Beatrice go? When did it go there? What was it carrying? Who was on board? Where did it sink? Any survivors? No record of any of it other than a single vague listing in Lloyd's that it was "lost at sea" without a single shred of evidence other than it being MIA.
No record of the crate actually leaving Alexandria on any ship. No record of any shipping bill from Alexandria and no record of any other insurance payout. We are only left with a few draft letters addressed to the BM written by Vyse's team informing the Museum of the intention to deliver a sarcophagus with zero evidence that any such transaction ever took place. Even the small chunk of basalt at the Museum can't be verified to have originated in any sarcophagus, let alone from G3. It's not on display at the Museum, and there isn't even a photo of it...
How can any of us ever know, when all we can do is think?