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Catalog Number KSa020475
Collection Kate Strong Historical Library
Object Name Letter
Dates of Creation 1848/02/13
Scope & Content While sailing in heavy weather from Port Antonica, West Indies to Philadelphia (with a cargo of coconuts and bananas) Mr. Edwards (Mate on Schooner) came upon the wreck of the Mary M. Hand out of NY. Was unable to assist marooned man on wreck. Urges WSM to look for story in newspaper. Included information an longitude and latitude of wreck.

[UNSIGNED PARTIAL?]Philadelphia Feb 13th 1848
Friend Mount
Dear Sir I am well and hope that these few lines may find you the same, Henry Edwards of Setauket mate of the Frester Schooner Pinta from port Antonica, West Indies with a cargo of coconuts and Bananas, to Dairo, Warner and Merrit Co. vessel to E.W. Townsend, In Latitude 29.9 experienced heavy weather carried away mainsail and split foremast and stove bulwark and lost one Seaman by the name John Garret of sag Harbor, Scuding in a Southwest gale, In latitude 33.38. In the longitude 73.8 discovered a wreck bearing North by West, 1 quarter West,
Page 2: [ llegible] the 13 and bore down on itand found it to be three masted American Schooner Mary M. Hand of New York Lumber Laden one man at the Foremast heard crying for help could not render any assistance, we have a twenty day passage from Port Antonica, West Indies to Philadelphia.
Brother Mount dont fail to get this report in the paper immediately, and oblige me Henry Edwards Mate of the Schooner Pinta
If this aint correct Shape it up in Shape and get it in the papers immediately
Notes 2 pages
Credit line Bequest of Ward Melville, 1977.