Captain Thomas C Graham was master of SOPHIA, one of a fleet of steam barges owned by contracting engineer Thomas A Walker being used in 1889 to bring stone blocks from Conchillas, Uruguay to Buenos Aires for construction of the new port. In August 1889 there were severe hurricanes in the River Plate and a number of ships were sunk on 25 Aug, including the SOPHIA, loaded with stone.
His sister wrote that TCG "met his death by being wrecked in a fearful hurricane which lasted two days and two nights; he stayed at his post till all the crew were lashed to the rigging and then he secured himself in the same way; yet in the very worst position of all; they were in the one same position for 19 hours and exposed to the full fury of the storm.
They were bravely rescued by Captain Ellis of the Isabel [another of the steam barges] but Captain Graham died immediately they reached the ship. Captain Ellis then steamed before the storm but ran ashore at Colonia."
Have not been able to locate place of burial of Capt Graham - not in the on-line lists for Montevideo or Buenos Aires. Perhaps his body was brought back to Buenos Aires as he has based there with the T A Walker business?
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