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Re: Any info on Eunice Knapp b 1778, prob CT or Ny ?
Posted by: marc smilen (ID *****5282) Date: December 23, 2004 at 07:16:37
In Reply to: Any info on Eunice Knapp b 1778, prob CT or Ny ? by Tommy Mead of 4231

Philadelphia Public Ledger
Tuesday Morning, October 9, 1866
Page 1

Ledger and Transcript
Philadelphia, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 1866
The Latest News.
The steamer Evening Star, from New York for New Orleans, has foundered at sea. Her passengers and crew numbered 300, and nearly all were lost.

The Loss of the Steamship Evening Star.

Augusta, GA., Oct. 9. -- The following additional particulars of the loss of the steamship Evening Star are from the Savannah News of this morning, and contain the latest particulars of the disaster:
The steamer on the 2d instant encountered a severe gale at 2 P.M., 180 miles east of Tybee island. After weathering the storm for seventeen hours, she foundered at 6 P.M.(sic) on the morning of the 3d, with 270 souls on board, only 17 of whom are known to have been saved. It seems that there were only three or four lifeboats on board, in one of which the chief engineer and purser, with six of the crew and two passengers, succeeded, after being capsized several times, in keeping afloat until picked up by the Norwegian bark Fleetwing, by which they were transferred to the schooner J. Waring, on which vessel they arrived at Savannah last night. The following is a correct list of the saved on the purser's boat:
Robert Finger, chief engineer; E. S. Allen, purser; John Long, water tender; Frederick Shaffer, coal passer; Dennis Gannon, waiter; Rowland Stephens, waiter; Edward Larnen, passenger; H. H. Harris, passenger. A second boat took sixteen persons from the ship, among them the captain and third mate. This boat was capsized some twelve or thirteen times; the captain was lost the fourth time. This boat arrived at Fernandina on Sunday, with six persons alive and two dead bodies. Only one passenger was saved in the third mate's boat. His name is Frank Gerard, 51 Bond street, Brooklyn. The names of the survivors in this boat are Thos. Fitzpatrick, third mate; John Dempsey, seaman; John Campbell, do., Jas. Howe, seaman; Chancellor Mason, steerage steward; Frank Gerard, passenger.
Amongst the passengers was an Italian opera troupe and a number of women and children, none of whom are reported saved.
Philadelphia Public Ledger
Thursday Morning, October 11, 1866
Page 1

[Special Despatch to the Public Ledger.]
The Lost Steamer Evening Star.
New York, Oct. 10. -- On inquiry among the leading Insurance Companies of our city, I find that the report that the ill-fated Steamer Evening Star was "unseaworthy," and could not be insured for that reason, is totally false. On the books of the "Mercantile," the Star rated A 1, and on those of the "Sun," as A 1 1/2 and A 2.
Either of these companies, or the "Atlantic," would have insured the last vessel at the usual rates. The fact that they insured her cargo is sufficient proof that they did not regard the vessel itself unseaworthy. With regard to the prime cause of the loss of the steamer, some of our insurance companies consider it was more because of her being a side wheel ship than from bad management or unfit condition to stand the gale. If the storm or hurricane caught her on the side, it would so careen her as to lift her other side almost out of water, and the ponderous wheelhouse being thus caught, it would not require much of an additional blow to capsize her completely. x.


[Special Despatch to the Public Ledger.]
The Late Calamity -- Judge Morgan's Appointment.
New Orleans, Oct. 10. -- Numerous telegrams have been despatched to New York and Savannah, to ascertain the names of the lost, and the deep feeling of grief at the unlooked-for occurrence, is fully as great as when the intelligence was first received.
Judge Phil. Morgan, of this city, has received from the President the appointment of U.S. District Attorney for New Orleans. The Judge is one of the most capable members of the Bench and Bar, and his appointment is received with congratulations by the press and people. w.
A full list of the unfortunate passengers is published here this morning, from which it is apparent that there were fewer old or recognized citizens of the city, or vicinity, on board than on almost any previous trip of the same vessel. This naturally tends to soften the blow somewhat, though the catastrophe in itself is felt to be most shocking and heartrending.



Philadelphia Free Library
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Philadelphia Public Ledger (PA)
Microfilm Reel #37
Apr 20, 1866
Nov 14, 1866
04252 3177

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