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Title: Letter from Passenger on Board the Ship Faithful Steward, Philadelphia [U.S.]
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Sender Genderunknown
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
Originon board the Ship Faithful Steward to America
Recipient Genderunknown
Relationshipre passage
SourceThe Belfast Mercury, no.33, vol.III, 22 November 1785, p.3, c.1-2
ArchiveThe Linenhall Library, N. Ireland.
Doc. No.9407222
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 06:06:1994.
Word Count383
TranscriptExtract of a letter from a passenger on board the Faithful Steward,
of Londonderry, Conolly Causland, master, dated Philadelphia,
September 17.

"On the 9th day of July last we sailed from Londonderry, having on
board 249 passengers of estability, who had with them property
to a considerable amount. We had a favourable [------] during
which nothing of moment occured. The greatest harmony having
prevailed among [us?] until the night of Thursday the 1st instant
[September?], when at the hour of ten o'clock it was thought
adviseable to try for soundings, and to our suprise we found
ourselves in four fathoms [of?] water, though at dark there was
not the smallest appearance [of?] land. The consternation and
astonishment that then prevailed, is easier conceived than
[-----ed?]; every exertion was used to run the vessel to shore;
but in a few moments she struck the [----d?] when it was found
necessary to cut away [-----] etc. All of which went overboard.
On the morning of the 2nd we found ourselves on [Mo---ank?],
near [----ian?] river, about four leagues to the southward of
Cape Henlopen. Every effort was made to save the unhappy sufferers,
who remained in the wreck during the night, although distant
from the shore only about 100 yards. The same evening she
went to pieces.

"The sea running extremely high, the boats were with difficulty
disengaged from the wreck, but before they could be manned, they
driffed ashore; therefore all relief was cut off, except by
swimming or getting ashore on pieces of the wreck, and I am sorry
to add, that of the above only sixty-eight persons were saved,
among which were the master, his mates, and ten seamen. During
the course of the day the inhabitants came down to the beach in
numbers, and used every means in their power to relieve the
unfortunate people on board, among whom were about a hundred
women and children, of which only seven women were saved. Several
persons who escaped from the wreck are since dead from the
wounds they received, and others are miserably bruised.

"Several humane and public-spirited gentlemen of this city are
about raising a subscription, for the relief of the unhappy people
who were saved from the wreck, and there can be no doubt of their
meeting with great success from the benevolent inhabitants, who
have never been backward in affording assistance to the distressed."