I believe it could be a hit, but I don't believe they went on a boat. As I had stated in a previous posting, leaving all their stuff behind doesn't make sense as they wouldn't know if the boat could get them back to where they started. Plus you could never be sure if they would all get on the boat. Suppose one of them was afraid of boats, or deep water or got seasick. I think it would be too risky. My belief is that it's more likely they grabbed one of the girls who had left the other two - to maybe go to the restroom or get something to eat. Someone came to the other two girls to tell them their friend was sick and needed them right away. They would probably jump and leave without taking anything. Eyewitness testimony is not very reliable and I'm not sure anyone who didn't know the girls could say that they got on a boat. Just looking at the pictures of the three girls, they all resemble each other and probably looked like thousands of other girls who were getting on and off boats that weekend. I think it's a good guess that anyone who had an association of any kind with Silas Jayne and ended up missing or dead could look back to him as the source.