§She began to heel rapidly; and
men scrambled to abandon ship.
§Comdr. Craven arrived at the foot of the
ladder leading to the main deck simultaneously with the pilot, John Collins.
Craven stepped back, saying "After
you, pilot," thus permitting Collins
gallantry cost Craven his life as the ship sank in 25 seconds.
§As the ship rolled
over and exposed her hull plates, two accurate shells from
Fort Morgan added the coup de grace to the doomed
their captain, 92 other members of Tecumseh’s crew
perished in the sinking.