Nice summary, Stahrwe!
I'm glad the crewman had the idea of snapping a photo. Just that one image of Tere floating on the cork raft makes this story more tangible. How many horrific events have unfolded throughout history and we have no evidence remaining.
If I had been on the raft I would have died. Plain and simply I would have died. My skin is very light and I burn very easily. Tere was probably pretty tanned as she was used to being on boats. I can't even go to the beach here in Florida for more than 45 minutes at a time without burning. And the Bluebelle was down in the Caribbean, not too far from here. The sun must have been unbearable.