CANUTO ARENDS APARTADO 209 GUAYAQUIL.................... Post Office Bay, St. Charles Island, 8/6-1931. Statement by Dr. Temple Utley regarding the death of Captain Paul Edvard Bruun. At 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July the first 1931, I was in the cabin of the "Norge", when I heard the engineer shout: Capitan, Capitan. I went out and saw a small boat with some men in it and a very large breaker rearing up behind them. It broke, overwhelmed them, but they still seemed to be in the boat and rowing. Then they vanished in another breaker and in the following lull I could see figures in the water. Next I could distinguish two men swimming towards the shore and three in the boat. Among the latter, captain Bruun in the stern trying to paddle. I made up my mind to try to swim to the boat with a line, but all our line had been used in construction of communication with the shore and took time to collect. I swam ashore and made my way to the east extreme of the cove. I started to wade off the point, the boat still being about the middle of the entrance. There was a succession of big breakers and I was swept off my feet. When I could see again, the boat was on the far side of the cove. About three minutes later, the boat went ashore on the west side of the cove. Just before, I could vaguely see some figures in the foam. I made my way to the other side of the cove. I found Alberto, who said the captain was dead. Colon said the same. I went still further and found Ovando waving a flag and for the first time saw a schooner, then about three miles away. Finding no sign of Captain Bruun in that direction, I retraced my steps and saw a body among some outlaying rocks. I swam out and found captain Bruun's body with no signs of life. With the help of Garcia I got the body ashore and did artifical respiration for about twenty minutes. I had no hopes of resuscitating him, since [there] were no signs of life whatsoever. Captain Bruun died of drowning, since his lungs were full of water. There were slight scratches on his head and face and right thigh, also two ribs were broken on the left side, but I consider these broken after his death. We buried Captain Bruun the following morning and erected a cross, constructed from boards which had been torn off the sides of his small boat. We marked the cross: CAPTAIN PAUL BRUUN, JULY 1st - 1931. Temple Utley
The above is re-typed to follow the style of Utley's original statement, typed on the stationery of Knud Arends, who apparently revised his own first name, perhaps to follow local custom. Minor spelling errors have been corrected and the text broken into paragraphs for ease of reading. The schooner mentioned at the end of paragraph 2 was the Manuel J. Cobos. In an accompanying statement by the Military and Territorial Chief Alberto C. Romero, the people mentioned by Utley are further identifed as a Sr. Colón Martinez, and the peons Alberto Mora and Marco Ovando. The latter is called “the murderer Ovendo” in Utley's A Modern Sea Beggar. Doña Karin Guldberg Cobos translated Utley's statement into Spanish for the Chief of the 4th Military Zone in Guayaquil.
NOTE: The satellite photo shows the location of the modern Bahia San Pedro. However, the sketch below it, which accompanied Utley's 1931 statement, shows a “P. San Pedro” about midway between Essex Point and Cabo Rosa. If the sketch is reasonably accurate, it suggests that Capt. Bruun drowned—and was buried—at a location about 5 miles west of the modern Bahia San Pedro.
Locations on sketch map re-written for clarity, phrases at bottom translated into English, italic font indicates text not appearing on original sketch.