Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Chinese” in chapter 1 of Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 22.:

...ntil they were rescued later that the reason for this strange action was that the ship had struck a shoal in approaching them and punched a hole in her bottom, and that, fearing lest the five hundred Chinese coolies on board whom she was carrying to California would in terror at her leaking condition seize the ship if he sent part of his crew away to rescue the shipwrecked party, the ship's captain had d...
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