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Rescued Passengers from Ship William Nelson Antwerp to New York June 1865

The Loss of the Ship William Nelson

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Interesting Letter from the Captain of the Steamer Lafayette

Rescue of Forty-four Passengers and Search for the Missing Boats.

Names of the Rescued Passengers.

The following is an extract from a letter from Capt. A. Bocandi, commanding the French Mail steamer Lafayette, to Mr. George Mackenzie, agent of the General Transatlantic Company at New-York:

"Tuesday, June 27, at 4:30 P.M., about lat. 42 deg. 16min., lon. 52 deg. 21 min., fell in with two boats of the ship William Nelson burned at sea, and took from them twenty-four male and six female passengers, including the Captain of that ill-fated ship. I obtained from him the follow statement:

"I was in command of the ship William Nelson, 1039 tons, with a crew of 30 men. I left Antwerp on the 2d of June, and Flessingen on the 4th, with six hundred tons of merchandise and four hundred and fifty emigrant passengers, for New-York. On Saturday, June 26th at 12.30, lat. 41 21, long. 50 22 (having just taken observation, I was informed that the ship was set on fire while fumigating, and the flames spread so rapidly that I had only time to order the four boats to be lowered, which were immediatly filled by those nearest, and finding all efforts useless I soon followed. The scene on board was horrible in the extreme. This morning, at 4 o'clock, the ship had entirely disappeared. I stood out for the northwest, the other three boats keeping company as long as they could."

I stood south in search of the two missing boats, and at 7:40 P. M. sighted a boat at a great distance. Stood for her, but the Russian ship Il Mari, Capt. Adolph Niska, having come up, the fourteen passengers in the boat were picked up by that ship, and at once transferred to the Lafeyette. I learned from these passergers that the remaining fourth boat parted from them about 4 o'clock on the previous evening, that she contained thirty-seven passengers and must be in a southeasterly direction. I stood therefore in that direction, seraching for her part of the night, firing signals every five minutes, but did not succeed in discovering this last boat.

The forty-four passengers were carefully attended to on board the Lafayette. I had the men all clothed with the ship's scamen's clothing, and the lady passengers on board the Lafayette provided for the female sufferers. The passengers also colledted 2,862 francs for their benefit.

The Lafayette lost about twenty-six hours by the delay.

Inclosed please find a list of the passengers saved in the three boats:
  • Captain--L. Smith
  • First Officer--James H. Copeland.
  • Second Offiecr--S. Patterson.
  • Carpenter--J.W. Hadley
  • Steward--Chas. Rondafft.
  • Cook--John H. Brown.
  • Seamen--Henry Johnson, STephen P. Hadley, Chas. Sampson, David Ritchet, James Miller, Archibald Silars, John Magerene, Thomas Larkins, Albert cushman, H. W. White, Thomas Warren, Andrew Nelson, Peter Miller, Fred. Breenbuty, James McDonald, Aug. Flamand.
  • Passengers--Mr. W. Rothstein, Mrs M. K. Rothstein and found children, Miss Mary Warren. Mrs. Smith, Miss Smith, Miss Mina Kamps, Miss Theodorina Kindsburg, Wilhelm Eckard, Mathias Morrbroker, Johann Morrbroker, Miss Olden. Hugo Fring, Geo. Greez, Christian Miller. Leon Egli, Stephen Sangentirate, Sebastian Gottelein, Theodore Mohl.

Transcribed on 1 December 2007
By Laura Freeman

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