The following was added by George Greenwell. George was present on the
Ship during the time this shark was caught and supplies a few stats as to
How this beast was caught.
With regard to the shark tale: I was there when the big Army mess cook, who was a very likeable guy, came up with the idea to "go fishing".
He had made friends with some of the ships company and got the ship fitters shop to make a big hook out of a 1/4" steel rod, used a 1/2" heaving line about 200' long, a chunk of chain about 3' long, a big piece (3-4#) of liver for bait and a 5 gallon empty plastic milk bag from the mess deck for a float. He then heaved it off the fantail. As I recall, it was about 2 hours before the shark hit it, taking the bait. ... this should fit in with the rest of the story.