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September 24, 1730
The Pennsylvania Gazette

BOSTON, Sept. 7. On Saturday last came in hither from Rh. Island, Capt. John Steel, of this Place, who gives us the following Account. The Wilks Frigate, John Steel Master, in her Passage from St. Christophers to London, on the 2d Day of August last, being in the Latitude of 36d. and 30m. and Longitude of 56 from the Meridian of London, met with a violent Hurricane, which obliged us to cut away her Masts about 3 o'Clock in the Afternoon, the wind being at S.E. and about 5 the Wind shifting to S.W. a violent Sea stove the whole Stern of the Ship in, so that she sunk in about ten Minutes time; we had but just time to cut the Long-boat's Lashings and clear her, before she floated off the Deck, with 16 persons in her, 3 had not the Opportunity of getting into her, and so went down in the Ship about half a Minute after the Boat put off from the Ship side; we had but 2 small Moses Oars, and 1 broken Long-boats Oar, without Mast, Sail or Rudder, neither Compass nor any kind of Instrument, not one morsel of Bread, not any Provisions except two pieces of raw Salt Beef, which happen'd to be in the Steep-tub, and about 24 Gallons of Water: In this Condition we remain'd, at about half a Pint of Water a Day for each Person until the Eighth Day at Night, at which time it pleased God to direct a Ship one Capt. Sparks, in her Passage from Jamaica to Bristol, being then in the Latitude of 40d. 30 m. to take us up, to which Latitude we had got by sewing our Frocks and Shirts together with Rope-yarns to make Sails; the 9th Day in the Morning we met a Ship from Rotterdam, Capt. Clymer with Palatines on board bound for Philadelphia, which 7 of us got on board of, and was on board of her 3 Weeks, and then playing to the Westward, met a Sloop from North Carolina bound to Boston, which we made another Remove into, and the Sloop putting into Rhode Island, we came hither by Land.


January 29-February 5, 1731/2
The South-Carolina Gazette


The following is a true and exact Account of the Misfortune which happen'd to the Sloop Dolphin & her Company, in her late Voyage from North-Carolina for the Island of Mountserrat, laden with Provisions and Lumber, Tho. Pilson Master and Owner, Tho. Etheridge, Mate; Rich. Banks, Weddington Bance, Mich. Jones, S. Brandin, and a Negro named Ryan, Sailors. Thursday Morning the 24th of June, about half an Hour after 8, by a sudden Gust or Squal of Wind the Sloop overset, and by the nearest Estimation the Master reckoned himself in the Lat. of 25, 30 N. Lat. and 65, 39 W. Long. Rance one of the Men was drowned, and the rest got on the side of the Wreck, they had neither Water, Bread, nor any sort of provision to subsist on; but the Negro by often diving into the Wreck, found and Ax and an Hand-saw, they then cut the Rigging from the Mast, which soon came out, & on Thursday the 29th she righted, but was full of Water, when they got at some Barrels of Water in the Hold, but the salt Water got into them so that they could not drink it. About the same time they saw 2 sail, but could not speak with them, not being able to make a signal. On the 14th Day after she overset, they got a large Shark, the Blood of which the Men very greedily drank, & eat half the Flesh, they having had nothing to drink but their Urine & what Rain came from the Heavens. One of them died for want of Water, the Negro the 17th, the Mate the 18th, and another the 19th. On the 15th of July, being the 21st Day after she overset, the Master and Banks were taken up by a French ship called the William and Thomas, John Terry Commander from Martineco, bound to Havre de Grace, where the French were very charitable, not letting them want for Necessaries whilst they were there. Richard Humphrys, Commander of the Charming Betty Snow, gave them their Passage to London, and the Master T. Pilson, still remains on board being afflicted with the Gout in both his Feet, and in a poor Condition, not able to help himself, but as Captain Humphreys out of Charity assists him.


June 23-30, 1733
The South-Carolina Gazette


We hear, there is a large Ship Cast away at Cape Hatteras.

August 30, 1733
The Pennsylvania Gazette

St. Christophers, June 30.

This Morning about 5 o'Clock the Wind came at N E with Rain, increasing to a Hurricane, or very Violent Gale of Wind, vereing to the Eastward about 10 o'Clock, putting several Vessels from their Anchors to Sea, and driving others on shore; about One in the Afternoon the Wind shifting to the Southward, brought in a Prodigious Sea, by which all the Vessels left Riding in Bassaterre Road, were drove on shore, and Bilg'd, except Capt. Brown who came on shore the next day, and the Padington, Capt. Bedgood who rode out the Gale. A list of which Vessels, those at Sandy Point, Old Road and Deep Bay, with their Circumstances, and the Conditions they were in; as also an Account from some other Ports, from the best Intelligence we yet have to this Day, July 10, 1733 as followeth. […]

At Deep Bay.

Richards in a Brigt. of North Carolina, with Sugars, for London, drove on shore, lost all her Cargo, but the Men Sails, and Tackle sav'd.

November 16, 1733
Pennsylvania Gazette

Boston, Novem. 5. […]

About a Week ago several Vessels coming from Martha’s Vineyard for this Port, were taken short by the Wind upon the Shoals, and in coming into Homes’s Hole in the Night, a Sloop from North-Carolina, ran foul of Capt. Howel, in a Scooner from Philadelphia, with Wheat and Flour, and did him so much Damage that he sunk soon after, by which Accident most of the Cargo was lost. The Men took to the Boat in so great a Hurry, that they forgot or had not Time to take in the Oars, but the Wind happening to be out, it carried the Boat directly to the Shore.


February 16-23, 1733/34
South-Carolina Gazette

Charlestown Febr. 22.

A Gentleman here in Town has received a Letter from the Mate of the Ship Marget, Richard Wrustler Commander; dated Bodyes Island (a little Island in North Carolina) the 24th Day of Nov. 1733 mentioning, that after they had left this Port the 28th of Oct. bound for London, he was shipwrack’d on the 17th of November on the said Island, whereby eleven Souls were drowned, among whom Mrs. Westhd. And her Child, and Mrs Howards Daughter and another Girl, and 7 Men. He was knock’d over board with the Yawl in the Breakers, at 12 o’clock at night, and miraculously saved, and afterwards was the means of saving the others that stay’d 12 hours on the wrack, the Captain was the last he saved.

December 5, 1734
The Pennsylvania Gazette

Boston, Nov. 14

We have Advice from North-Carolina, That two Vessels bound hither from thence, Hathaway and Grindal Masters, sometime last Month, struck against one another in the Night; Hathaway's Vessel sunk, and was lost with her Cargo but the Men betaking themselves to their Boat, got safe back to Carolina: Nothing has been heard of Grindal since, so that 'tis very much fear'd his Vessel founder'd.


January 16, 1735
Pennsylvania Gazette

Boston, December 23.

On the 13th Instant at Night, being very cold and stormy, Capt. Gorham, bound from North Carolina to this Place, had the Misfortune to run upon the Rocks near Situate, where the Vessel and Cargo (consisting chiefly of Provisions) were entirely lost, but the Men saved their Lives with great Difficulty. [...]


March 11, 1736
The Pennsylvania Gazette

Boston, February 3.

We have received the following Account from Capt. James Turnbull, late Commander of the Brig Falconburg, viz. That he saild from North Carolina on the 29th of Nov. last, for this Port, but was surprised at Midnight with an Account, that he had 4 Feet Water in the Hold; upon which he set both Pumps to Work; and scudded before the Wind, and at last freed her: But he soon after met with a Storm, which on the 4th of Decemb. carried away his Fore Mast, and with it 3 of his Men, one of which was drowned, but the other two were with much Difficulty got on board again, though one of them died soon after. The Vessel being very leaky, and having received great Damage, besides the Loss of her Fore Mast, they remained a miserable Wreck for 28 Days, at the Mercy of the Wind and Seas in a very inclement Season; during which Time, all the Men suffered extream Hardships by continued Labour, and want of many Necessaries, some being Frost bitten, others out of their Senses, their Provisions almost expended, and expecting to Founder every Gale of Wind, being then 40 Leagues to the Eastward of St. Georges Banks. Thus having given over all hopes of Relief, on the first of Jan. they were providentially met by Capt. Avery, in a Scooner from Gibraltar, bound to Portsmouth in New Hampshire, who took them all on board his Vessel, being 6 in Number, and treated them with great Humanity and Kindness, yet one of them died soon after. The remainder Capt. Avery put on Shore at Cape Codd, in a very weak and low Condition, and on Friday last Capt. Turnbull arrived safe in this Town.


March 17, 1737
The Pennsylvania Gazette

CHARLES TOWN, South Carolina, January 6.

The Sloop Hannah Thomas Francis Master from Philadelphia for this Port, is lost upon the Coast of North Carolina, but great Part of her Cargo saved.

April 14, 1737
The Pennsylvania Gazette

BOSTON, March 21.

By Capt. Soaper who arrived here last Week from North Carolina, we are informed, that in his Voyage to that Place, (about 6 Leagues to the Eastward of Cape Hatteras) he met with Capt. Ebenezer Welch, his Mate and four Men more in a small boat, called a Moses; who related, that they came out of Maryland about six Days before, in a Sloop bound to Antigua, but that meeting with bad Weather the Sloop's Side was beat in, and she sunk about an Hour after; upon which they took to their Boat, and had been about two Days rowing for the Shore, but were so spent when Capt. Soaper met them, that they had no Power to help themselves, and were brought on board as Men almost void of Reason and Strength; but being soon after carried on Shore, and well look'd after, they all recovered their former Health and Strength.

August 25, 1737
The Pennsylvania Gazette

Charlestown, July 23.

We hear, that not long since John Abbot of little River, in Craven County, embarked in a Boat with his Wife, a Blacksmith and his Daughter, and 10 Negroes, and several Goods and Effects, in order to go off this Province, and to defraud his Creditors; and being arriv'd at the Mouth of the New River in North-Carolina, he came to an Anchor; but the Breakers running very high, the Boat fill'd, whereby his Wife, Child, the White Man, his Daughter and six Negroes were drowned; the other four Negroes were seized, and he left to make his Escape by himself.

September 30, 1737
Virginia Gazette

We hear, That not long since, John Abbot, of Little River, in Craven County, embark’d in a Boat, with his Wife, Child, a Blacksmith, with his Daughter, and 10 Negros, also several Goods and Effects, in order to go off this Province, and to defraud his Creditors, and being arriv’d at the Mouth of the New River in North-Carolina, he came to an Anchor; but the Breakers running very high, the Boat fill’d, whereby his Wife, Child, the white Man, his Daughter and Six Negros were drowned; the other Four Negroes were seiz’d, and he left to make his Escape by himself.


April 21, 1738
Virginia Gazette

Capt. Francis Scott, Master of a Schooner, belonging to Mr. Buxton, of North-Carolina, but then lying near Hampton, where she was put in by Stress of Weather, going from the Vessel, in a Boat, loaden with Goods, a Squall of Wind arose, and ‘tis suppos’d overset the Boat, and drown’d him, together with a white Man and a Negro; the Boat and Goods drove ashore near Pagan Creek, and a Hat; but neither of the Men have since been seen, so that ‘tis past Doubt, by these Circumstances, that they are all drowned.

October 26, 1738
The Pennsylvania Gazette


[ . . . ] We hear that the Sloop Speedwell, Jeremiah Baker, from North Carolina, bound for Boston, was stove to Pieces, on the Beach at Barnagat, after 20 Days Pumping. The People were all sav'd.


February 19, 1741
The Pennsylvania Gazette

BOSTON, January 2.

Capt Cudworth coming from North Carolina, was cast away in the late bad Weather near Stonington; the Vessel and Cargo entirely lost, as were the Lives of the Captain, Mate, and Pilots; but the rest of the Men were preserved.

Extract of a Letter from Marblehead, dated the 13th Instant.

[...] Last Week several Vessels came in from Sea but can get no nearer the Town for Ice than Governor’s Island, viz. one from North-Carolina, one from Virginia, and one from Antigua.

December 10, 1741
The Pennsylvania Gazette

BOSTON, November 23.

Last Wednesday Capt. Hodges coming in from North Carolina, had the Misfortune to run upon the Cohasset Rocks in a Fog, by which Accident both Vessel and Cargo were lost, but the Men saved themselves in the Boat.


January 6, 1746
Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh)

The Anne and Sarah,—, from Boston to Cape Fare, is lost on the Coast of Virginia; the Master and Crew are all saved.


March 7, 1749
The Pennsylvania Gazette

BOSTON, February 20.

A few days since came advice, that Capt. Wade, who some time since sailed from this port in a sloop for North Carolina, founder'd on the coast of Virginia in his voyage, and was in great danger of perishing, but was happily met with by a vessel bound to Cape Anne, which took him and his people on board, who are since arrived in this town.


January 16, 1750
Edinburgh Evening Courant

They write from North Carolina, that in the Storm which happened on the 7th and 8th of October last, scarce a Vessel in all the Country but was drove on Shore or lost. Ten Vessels lying at Ocanwik Inlet, outward-bound, waiting a fair Wind, were all lost but one Brig belonging to Boston; among which was Capt. Kellog, belonging to New-York, and every Person perished. Two of the Vessels were by the Violence of the Gale drove over the Bar, and lost about five Miles to the Northward of it; the Water was forced by it above ten Feet higher than ever was known, and a great Number of Vessels drove some Miles upon the Low-Lands, so that it was impossible to get them a-float. The Damage done by this Storm is incredible.

March 13, 1750
The Pennsylvania Gazette

NEW-YORK, March 5.

By a sloop arrived here Yesterday from Virginia, we hear, the sloop Success, Oliver Shourts master, of this port, from North-Carolina, is cast away near Cape-Hatteras, the sloop and cargo lost, but the men saved.

July 10, 1750
Edinburgh Evening Courant

There is Advice from Albany, in the Province of New-England, that several Vessels have been lost off Cape Fare, viz. a French Ship, a Spanish Ship, a Brigantine, a Snow, and a Ship of 400 Tons, bound for South Carolina, the most Part of their Crews saved.

December 6, 1750
Edinburgh Evening Courant

Edinton in North Carolina, Sept. 20. The following is an Account of five Ships of the Spanish Flota, which were drove on Shore on this Coast, by a great Storm, on the 18th of August 1750.—One at a Currituck Inlet, stove to Pieces, the Crew and Passengers saved, who went to Norfolk in Virginia without stopping in Carolina.—One at Cape Hatteras, sunk in 14 Foot Water, the Name of the Ship, its Dimensions and Loading unknown.—A Dutch built Ship at Ocacock, lost her Rudder, and had her Masts broke short; all her Crew safe: Her Cargo consists of 400,000 Pieces of Eight, besides a great Quantity of Cochineal and Hides.—At Drum Inlet, a Ship which has lost her Rigging and Masts, named the Neustra Signiora Desolidad; the Cargoe reckoned worth 32,000 Pieces of Eight, besides the Ship. The Officers and Men, who came ashore, have taken a Passage for themselves and Cargoe to New England, from whence they design to proceed to Cadiz.—Near Topsail Inlet, a Vessel named El Salvador, or El Henrico, was stove to Pieces, and is seven or eight Feet in Sand; four of her Crew only saved. Her Loading consisted of 240,000 Pieces of Eight registred, besides what was on a private Account. She had likewise on Board a large Quantity of Cocoa and Cochineal, and some Balsam.—This Account was given to Gabriel Johnston, Esq; Governor of North Carolina, by Don Joseph de Respral Deza, Part Owner and Supercargoe of the Neustra Signiora Desolidad, who at the same Time, complained to the Governor of the Master and Crew of a Bermudas Sloop, that had taken Possession of the Sails and Part of the Rigging, which had come on Shore from the Wreck of the El Salvador; and the said Supercargoe verily believes has got Possession of some Chests of Money. Upon which the Governor immediately issued his Orders for the apprehending the said Mr. and Crew, and securing their Sloop. The Ship at Ocacock has unloaded her Treasure and Cargoe on Ocacock Island. Several little Vessels are gone down to barter with them for Provisions. They have not as yet met with any Molestation, nor made any Application to the Governor.


January 17, 1751
Virginia Gazette


The Charming Polly, from Barbados, belonging to Patowmack, with 30 Hogsheads of Rum, and 40 Barrels of Sugar is cast away, at Ocacock Inlet, in North-Carolina; The People all sav’d.

May 24, 1751
Virginia Gazette

Extract of a Letter from Ca[diz], dated Feb. 2.

“The Scorpion Sloop of War, Capt. Randlin, arrived here the 27th ult. in 33 Days from North-Carolina, with Part of the Cargo of the Register Ship N. 8 de Guardaloupe, Jean Manuel de Bonnella, Master. She brings an Account, that an English Sloop, on which were loaded 65 Chests of 3000 Pieces each in Money, and 100 Serons of Cochineal and made her Escape and gone off with it. And that the Governor had [illegible] 4 per Cent for Salvage on the stranded Cargo, and laid an Embargo on 180,000 Pieces of the Money of the N. 8. de los Godos, by Way of Reprisal for the Ships taken by the Spaniards belonging to those Colonies after the Peace was concluded.”


February 6, 1752
Virginia Gazette


We have Advice from North-Carolina, that the Familia, a Schooner belonging to Hampton, was lost the last of December off [illegible]’s Island and the People were happily sav’d, with Part of the Cargo. A Sloop belongong to Mr. Hall of Newbern, was lost at the same Time, and all the People drown’d, among whom were two of Mr. Hall’s Sons.

February 24, 1752
Edinburgh Evening Courant

The Molly, late Scot, from North Carolina, for London, is bulg’d at Seaforth, most of the Cargo will be saved, but the Ship lost.

April 2, 1752
The Pennsylvania Gazette

NEW YORK, March 23.

March 30. Capt. arrived here last Week, who in his Passage from North Carolina to this Place, spoke with Capt. William , in the Ship Anne and Mary, from Portsmouth to Virginia, who informed him, that Capt. John , of Philadelphia, had five Men washed over board and lost, in his Passage from Carolina to Cowes.

October 30, 1752
Edinburgh Evening Courant

They write from Carolina, that by the extreme hot Weather, attended with severe Thunder and Lightning, several People drop down dead in the Roads adjacent, and has done considerable Damage, particularly to a Snow belonging to Hull, having had her Mast carried away by a violent Clap.

October 31, 1752
Edinburgh Evening Courant

The Lord Duplin, Capt. Thompson, for Liverpool from Jamaica, that was ashore on the Hogsties, is lost; the People were taken up by a Vessel, and carried into North-Carolina.

November 16, 1752
Edinburgh Evening Courant

The Rainbow, Cross, from North Carolina, for Liverpool, is lost on Chester Bar, and the Master and all the Crew, except four, were drowned.

November 20, 1752
Edinburgh Evening Courant

PHILADELPHIA. July 9. The Snow _____, Capt. Wallace, from Yewry, a few Days before he made Land, met with a Vessel in great Distress, the Commander’s Name Cornelius Campbell, for Liverpool, from Edenton in North Carolina: She had sprung a Leak three Days after, they sailed, and tho’ they kept her Pumps going Night and Day, with Difficulty they kept above Water till they luckily saw the above Snow, and making Signal of Distress, the Vessel’s Company were taken on board and brought here.

December 14, 1752
Edinburgh Evening Courant

The St. Kitt’s Merchant, Wallace, of Bristol, from St. Kitt’s for North-Carolina, is lost; the Crew saved.


January 16, 1753
The Pennsylvania Gazette

NEW YORK, January 9.

Capt. Freeman from North Carolina, as he came out the 23d of December last, heard at Ocracock Bar, That two Sloops were cast away between that Place and Cape Hatteras; that it was supposed they were New-England Men, by some Cyder and Earthen Ware being found on board; but that the People had got ashore, and were gone up to the North County; Capt. Freeman saw one of the Sloops, and says, they run ashore but a few Days before.

January 23, 1753
Edinburgh Evening Courant

They write from New-York, Dec. 11. that the Charming Peggy, Capt. Alexander Sloan, from Cape Fare for that province, with 237 barrels of Tar on board, is lost off Sandy Hook, but the men were saved.

January 30, 1753
Edinburgh Evening Courant

The Lovely Betty, Jackson, from North Carolina, is lost off Kinsale, and most of the People drowned.

April 19, 1753
The Pennsylvania Gazette

NEW YORK, April 16.

We are informed, by a Vessel in five Days from North Carolina, That a large Ship bound from Liverpool to Virginia, was, on the 2d Instant, cast away at the Entrance of Cape Hatteras Inlet, when both Vessel and Cargo were lost, and the People, with the utmost Difficulty making a Raft, after being two Days on the Wreck, they providentially arrived safe on Shore; one of their Boats stove to Pieces along the Side of the Ship soon after they hoisted her out, and the other got adrift.

May 17, 1753
The Pennsylvania Gazette


April 20. Capt. Chip, in a Ship belonging to Mr. Loveit of Cork, and Capt. Kelly in the Everton, from Liverpool, are both lost near Currituck Inlet: The People all sav’d.—

July 19, 1753
Pennsylvania Gazette


The Captain of a Vessel from North Carolina informs, that on his Passage he saw a Sloop ashore high and dry on Cape Hatteras.

July 26, 1753
The Pennsylvania Gazette

Charlestown, South Carolina, May 14. […]

The Schooner Susannah, Robert Jones Master, of and for this Port, from New York, with a Cargo of Corn, Flour, Bread, &c. sprung a Leak in a few Days after she sail, and made so much Water, that the Captain was obliged to run her ashore on the Coast of North Carolina, where she was lost.

August 2, 1753
The Pennsylvania Gazette

Newbern, in North Carolina, June 2.

We hear from Bear Inlet, That a Sloop belonging to Mr. Stephen Lee, of Onslow County, was lately cast away on that Bar, as she was going out, loaded with Pitch and Tar, she ran among the Breakers, and bilged; most of the Cargo has been saved.

June 16. Capt. Freeman, from New York, informs us, That off Cape Hatteras, he met with a Sloop from Bath Town, which had been over the Bar but a few Days, but prov'd so very leaky, that she could not proceed on her Voyage, and was endeavouring to get in again; but when he came up with her, she was full of Water, and the People were taking to their Boats, which overset with them just as they got into the Surff; but the People were all sav'd. Captain Freeman brought in some Rigging, and other Things, saved from the said Sloop.

September 25, 1753
Edinburgh Evening Courant

By a Ship from South Carolina we have Advice, that the Sussex, Capt. Green, from North Carolina for Philadelphia, laden with Bever, Fur, etc. was lost in her Passage to the Eastward of the Capes of Virginia: The Captain and Crew were saved by Capt. Allington, bound from Jamaica for Antigua.

October 25, 1753
The Pennsylvania Gazette

PHILADELPHIA, October 25. [...]

The Sloop Flying Fish, Isaac Cormoran Master, bound to North Carolina from this Place, was cast away on her Passage, about the tenth of last Month; the People and Cargoe sav.

December 6, 1753
Pennsylvania Gazette

NEW YORK, November 26. [...]

Capt. Phoenix in his Passage home, put into Crooked Island, the 29th of October, where he met with Capt. Furnel, in a Sloop bound from Jamaica for North Carolina, who having sprung a leak at Sea, had put in there the 15th, and a Day or two after, his Mate and all his Men, had run away in a Canoe, and left him only with two Negroe Men and two Wenches on board, who he fear’d could not keep his Vessel long above Water.


May 30, 1754
Edinburgh Evening Courant

The Sarah, Capt. Andrews, foundered in her Passage from Rhode-Island for Piscataqua, the Captain and his People were taken up by a Vessel bound for North-Carolina.

June 6, 1754
Pennsylvania Gazette

NEW YORK, June 3.

[...] Capt. Jackson from Edenton in North Carolina, in three Weeks, says, That fourteen Days ago, a Schooner, bound from Antigua, called the Queen Caroline, John Sawyer Master, was cast away on Ocracock Bar; and that the Crew were saved, but the Vessel and Cargo entirely lost.

June 25, 1754
Edinburgh Evening Courant

The Ryder, Capt. Serrat, from Piscataqua for North Carolina, is lost in her Passage; and several of her Crew perished.

October 24, 1754
The Pennsylvania Gazette


[ . . . ]

Capt. Robeson, from North Carolina, met with a new North Country built Snow driving near Cape Hatteras, laden with Tobacco and Lumber, but no Body on Board. In his Passage he touch[ed] at Virginia, where he heard the People that belong[ed] to her had all got safe ashore there.

November 7, 1754
The Pennsylvania Gazette


On Friday last the Vessel, mention’d in our last to have been seen at the Capes, with the People of the Charming Polly on board, that has been cast away, came up to Town, and prov’d to be Captain Morrell, and his Hands, of this Port inward bound from Newfoundland; who inform’d us, That in his Passage, on the Eighth ult. in Lat. 38 40 North, and Long. 66 West from London, having a fresh Gale at N.N.E. and a great Sea, the Ship sprung a Leak in her Bow, which both Pumps could scarcely keep clear; but by putting a Sail over the Bow, it stopt it till it split; That they then put over another Sail, which stopt it likewise till they made the Land, but could not get in. That then they bore away for Virginia, when they had a hard Gale of Wind at N by E. and N. N.E. which also prevented their getting in there; and their Sail at the Bow being gone, they unbent their Sails from the Yards, and put them over, all which split as soon as put over: And that on the Fourteenth they ran her ashore in North-Carolina, a little to the Southward of Currituck Inlet, to save their Lives, having seven Feet Water in the Hold.


January 16, 1755
Edinburgh Evening Courant


A Vessel from North or South-Carolina, Name unknown, is lost near Kinsale in Ireland; a great Number of Barrels of Tar have been seen floating at Sea.

February 3, 1755
Edinburgh Evening Courant

The Martin Brigantine, Capt. Blake, from Campeachy for the West Indies, is lost in her Passage, the People saved by a Vessel bound for North Carolina.


February 5, 1756
The Pennsylvania Gazette

Annapolis, December 26.

[. . .] January 22. We are informed of five [sic] vessels cast away in the Snow Storm we had on Christmas Day last, viz.

The Sloop Hester, John McCaul Master, from Philadelphia for Annapolis, at Curratuck. Her Cargo was Rum, Sugar, Melasses, Salt, &c. The Vessel, Sugar and Salt, all lost; but the People, and Part of the Cargo, saved.

The Sloop Penguin, Thomas Fitchit Master, belonging to Wilmington in Pennsylvania, bound thither from Maryland, with 2000 Bushels of Wheat, lost at Lynn Haven. The People, and about 400 Bushels of the Wheat saved.

A large Schooner belonging to Rappahannock, William Wilson Master, from Liverpool to Rappahannock, with Salt, lost at Cape Hatteras. The Vessel and Cargo intirely lost, but the People saved. And,

A Schooner belonging to Potowmack, Nathan Hudling Master, bound from thence to North Carolina with Passengers, was lost at Lynn Haven; but the Passengers and People saved.

November 13, 1756
Edinburgh Evening Courant

The Lucy, Capt. Murray, from Cape Fare for Hull, sprung a Leak at Sea, and is lost: The Captain and Crew were taken up by the Catherine, Captain Oliver, and carried into Boston.

December 9, 1756
The Pennsylvania Gazette

BOSTON, November 29.

Last Thursday Night a Sloop from North Carolina, bound to Portsmouth in New-Hampshire, was stove to Pieces near the Town, but the People were happily saved, by continuing on the Quarter deck till it floated on Shore.


January 29, 1757
Edinburgh Evening Courant

A Vessel bound from North Carolina took up at Sea the Captain and Crew of the Sarah Snow, Capt. Vernon, who foundered in her Passage from Rhod-Island to Piscataqua.

November 15, 1757
Edinburgh Evening Courant

The Virginia packet, Ball, from Bristol to Virginia, is lost on the coast of North Carolina.

November 29, 1757
Edinburgh Evening Courant

We hear that the Dolly of Glasgow, from North-Carolina, put into Ghia, without masts, and seven foot of water in her hold.


September 7, 1758
The Pennsylvania Gazette

PHILADELPHIA, September 7.

The Sloop Little Hunter, Captain Freake, from this Port for North Carolina, was lately cast away at our Capes, the Sloop lost, the Cargo saved, but much damaged.

The Portmahon, from Halifax, one of His Majesty’s Ships of War, is in the River.

October 19, 1758
The Pennsylvania Gazette


Extract of a Letter from Barbados, September 11, 1758.

“On the 23d ult. we had a hard Gale of Wind here, which drove on Shore eight Sail of Vessels; of which the six following were lost, viz.

The Brig Frankland Privateer, of Barbados, Capt. Rowan.

Snow Jenny and Sally, Bolton, from North Carolina, with her Cargoe.

Brig David and Susannah, Bartlett, from Piscataqua.

A Sloop, —— lately belonged to this Island.

Brig Ross, Elmore, of Bristol, with 40 Casks of Sugar in.

Sloop Aurora, Captain Campbell, belonging here.

His Majesty’s Sloop Barbados, Captain Middleton; and the Schooner Betsy, of this Port, got off. Two Hulks lost.”


January 11, 1759
The Pennsylvania Gazette

Charles Town, in South Carolina, December 11.

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December 18. Capt. Bond, of the Snow Martha and Susannah, of and from Guernsey for this Port, informs us, that his Snow foundered at Sea the 19th of October last: He and his Crew got into the Boat, where they continued till the 3d ult. when Capt. Eaton, of North Carolina in a Schooner, took them up; and that Capt. Eaton was taken in two Days after, and carried into Guadaloupe.

June 5, 1759
Pennsylvania Gazette

We hear there are associated together a Company of Irish Robbers, the chief of whom are said to be one Bennet, whom they call their Captain, and one Lynch, whom they call their Lieutenant, with Dobbs, Wiggins, and many others, who sculk about this and the Neighbouring Provinces; their Villanies being to steal the best Horses, and load’em with the best Goods, and carry ‘em off before People’s Faces, which they have lately done in or about Conestogo. It seems their usual Practice has been to steal Horses from this Province and the Jerseys, and carry them to sell in Maryland, Virginia, and North-Carolina. ‘Tis said they begin to grow more numerous, and have a Place of Rendezvous, where they meet to consult how to perpetrate their Rogueries, and to entertain all like themselves.

November 1, 1759
The Pennsylvania Gazette


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On Sunday last arrived here Capt. Woods from North Carolina. In his Passage he took up, and brought in with him, Capt. Nicks, and his Crew, who belonged to a snow bound to London from Virginia, which foundered at Sea.

January 3, 1760
The Pennsylvania Gazette

BOSTON, December 13. […]

We hear that Captain Robert Butler, in a schooner belonging to this place, was cast away in one of the rivers at North Carolina, occasioned by a violent gale of wind there the latter end of last month; the vessel and cargoe lost, the mens lives saved.

January 10, 1760
The Pennsylvania Gazette

NEW YORK, December 31. […]

The Snow that was cast away on Cape May, in the late hard Weather, was from Bristol for North Carolina, and not from London for this Port, as was reported: She sprung a Leak, and endeavoured to put in here, but after taking in one of our Pilots, the Outside of Sandy Hook was blown out to Sea again, and was forced on Shore at the Place abovementioned.

August 28, 1760
The Pennsylvania Gazette

The Schooner Nancy, Captain McCarroll bound to Cape-Fear in North-Carolina, from this Place, sprung a Leak off Cape-Hatteras, and sunk immediately; the People, with Difficulty, saved themselves in their Boat.


December 10, 1761
The Pennsylvania Gazette

PHILADELPHIA, December 10.

[. . .] The Snow Polly, Captain Wallis, from Jamaica for this Port, is lost on the North Carolina Coast; her Sails and Rigging saved.

December 24, 1761
The Pennsylvania Gazette

BOSTON, December 7.

On Saturday evening last a schooner, from North Carolina, belonging to New York, John Atkins Master, in coming into this Port, was drove, by the high Gales of Wind we then had, on a Place called Egg Rock, near the Light house. The Master kept on the Wreck, and the Men on the Rock, till the next Morning, when they were taken off by the Pilot Boat. The vessel was stove to Pieces, and her Cargoe lost.

Extract of a Letter from Capt. John Thurston, to his Owners at Newport, Nov. 15, 1761.

“Ten Days after I sailed from Newport, in Lat. 22, Long. 77, I met with the Snow Olive Branch, Capt. Fowler, bound from Cape Fear to New York, in Distress, having 7 Feet Water in her Fold, and both Pumps continually going. At Captain Fowler Request I lay to, and took him and his People aboard, being 13 in Number. They had but just time to save a few Clothes, when the Snow went to the Bottom. The Captain and People were carried in a Pilot Boat to South Carolina.”

We hear that a Sloop, of about 80 or 90 Tons, is ashore on Nantucket Bar, and bilged, but no Hands on board. By her Papers and Cargoe, it was judged she was bound from North Carolina to this Place, commanded by one Monro; and that the People of Nantucket were using their Endeavours to save Vessel and Cargoe; but that it was feared the former, with great Part of the latter, would be lost.

December 31, 1761
The Pennsylvania Gazette

CHARLESTOWN, South Carolina, Nov. 21

[. . .] On Monday put in here the schooner Two Friends, Isaac Martin master, of and for Georgia from Jamaica. On the 26th of October he met with a violent hurricane at sea, which he imagines has done great damage at Jamaica. After the gale was over, he saw an English 64 gun ship dismasted, but did not speak with her. And on the 28th he put in at the Grand Caymanas, where th[e]y had likewise suffered much by the gale. Here he took in Capt. William Few, of the brig Coffee and Pike, of and for North Carolina from Jamaica, which had been wrecked there on the second of the same month.


November 11, 1762
The Pennsylvania Gazette

PHILADELPHIA, November 11. […]

The Brigantine Quince Tree, Captain Wilson, from this Port to Cape Fear, in North Carolina, sprung a Leak to the Southward of Cape Hatteras, which gained upon the Vessel so fast, that notwithstanding all Endeavours to keep her clear, there was soon above four Feet Water in the Hold; so that the People on board, (17 in Number) were obliged to take to the Boat, where they remained four Days, and were at last taken up, and carried into New York, by Captain Brass, in a Schooner from the Havannah.


October 13, 1763
The Pennsylvania Gazette

PHILADELPHIA, October 13. […]

Captain Shaw, in a Brig from Jamaica for Cape Fear, in North Carolina, is lost on Cape Florida; as is the Ship Alexander, Captain Johnston, of and for London, and bound thither from Jamaica.

December 1, 1763
The Pennsylvania Gazette


The Countess of Leicester Packet Boat, Captain Willison, from Falmouth for New-York, was lost, the First of November, on the Wash, in North Carolina, when five Persons were drowned.—The Mail, it is said, was taken up Thirty or Forty Miles from where the Vessel was lost.


March 31, 1764
Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh)

The Shannon, Williamson, from Virginia for Glasgow put ashore at Curotuck in North Carolina. The ship lost, the crew and part of the cargo is saved.

April 5, 1764
Pennsylvania Gazette



[...] And the Betsy, Perkins, from North Carolina for Virginia, cast away near the Capes of Virginia.”

November 22, 1764
The Pennsylvania Gazette

NEWPORT, November 8.

On Monday Night, the 29th ult. the Store of Messieurs John and James Morton, in Thames street, was broke open, and sundry Sorts of valuable Goods, to a considerable Amount, were stolen. The next Day, Search being made by a proper Officer, the Goods were found at the Lodgings of a Person who calls himself James Stanners; and, being strongly suspected to be the Villain, was apprehended, and carried before Martin Howard, Esq; but positively denied his committing the Fact, or having any knowledge of the Goods, though found wrapped up in his Cloathing, and under his Bed. However, he was at length persuaded to confess himself Guilty, and that no other Person was concerned with him, and was thereupon committed to Goal. The Manner in which he effected this Piece of Villainy, was by cutting a Hole through the Door, and thereby was enabled to lift up the Bar which secured it. On interrogating him, he informed, that he commanded a Brig from Liverpool, which he lost near Cape Fear, on the Coast of North Carolina, on his Passage from Jamaica to Liverpool; that he travelled from Philadelphia to this Town by Land, and had resided here near a Month.


January 17, 1765
The Pennsylvania Gazette

NEW YORK, January 7.

Jan. 10. A Schooner, Captain Anderson, bound from this Port to North-Carolina, was drove on Shore at the Kills in the Snow Storm, on Christmas Night, and is not yet got off.

January 24, 1765
The Pennsylvania Gazette


[. . .] The Sloop Henrietta, Captain McWhirter, who sailed from hence a few Days ago for New River, is ashore on Bear Inlet. The Vessel it is thought will be got off, but most of the Cargo lost or damaged.

January 31, 1765
The Pennsylvania Gazette

PORTSMOUTH, January 4.

Last Friday Captain Jackson sailed from hence for North Carolina, but meeting with contrary Winds, put back in a Storm of Snow, by which he was unhappily cash ashore on Rye Beach. The People with great Difficulty saved their Lives in the Boat, being much froze: The Schooner cannot as yet be got off; great Part of the Cargoe is lost.

January 7. Last Wednesday Night the Eastern Post came to Town from Falmouth, on Snow Shoes, by whom we are informed, that a Vessel was arrived there from London, but last from Halifax. We cannot learn how long she has been out.

February 14, 1765
The Pennsylvania Gazette

BOSTON, January 28.

The Brig -----, Capt. Cochran, from this Port for South Carolina, foundered off Cape Hatteras. The Master and Hands got safe to North Carolina in their Boat.

March 28, 1765
The Pennsylvania Gazette


A brig, Capt. Charles Shaw, from New York, and a brig from Boston, both for Newbern, are lost on Cape Hatteras, the crews are saved.

April 1, 1765
The Connecticut Courant

“Extracts from the South Carolina Papers.”

Wilmington, North Carolina, January 23. A Brig, capt. Charles Shaw, from New York, and a Brig from Boston, both for Newbern, are lost on Cape Hatteras; the crews are saved.”

April 4, 1765
The Pennsylvania Gazette

From Wilmington, in North Carolina, we learn, […] that Capt. Oram, in a Schooner from that Port for Bear Inlet, was lost near said Inlet, and all the Crew, except a Boy, perished.

April 4, 1765
The Pennsylvania Gazette


By Captain Watts from Edenton, in North Carolina, we have Advice, that Captain Pindar, in a Ship and Captain Morton, in a Schooner, both for this Port, were drove ashore in the late Snow Storm, in Beacon Island Road, near Ocracock Bar; the Ship and Cargoe intirely lost; (but the Schooner was got off, and is arrived here.) That Captain Norton, in a Schooner bound to Antigua, was drove ashore at the same time, when both Vessel and Cargoe were lost: And that a Sloop for Providence was likewise ashore, but it was thought she would be got off again.—A Snow for Rhode-Island, and a Sloop for Boston, rode out the Gale.—A Ship from London for Edenton, lost her Foremast, Mizenmast, and Maintopmast.

April 11, 1765
The Pennsylvania Gazette

NEWPORT, March 25.

By Captain Whipple, from Surrinam, we hear, that 12 Days before he sailed, a Vessel from Boston arrived there, and carried in Capt. John Ingraham and his Men, belonging to this Place, who sailed from this Port in the 5th of June last, for North Carolina, in the Sloop Harlequin; and came out from thence some Time last Fall, bound to this Port; but after being at Sea 80 Days, the Vessel Dismasted, her Quarter Stove in, and consequently in a very distressing Situation, they were happily relieved by the above Vessel, though without saving any Thing except the Cloathing they had on. It was thought the Sloop could not keep from sinking 24 Hours. Capt. Ingraham and his Men intended coming home in a Vessel bound to Boston.

June 17, 1765
Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh)

Philadelphia, April 4. [We learn] that Capt. Oram, in a schooner from that port for Bear Inlet, was lost near said Inlet, and all the crew, except a boy, perished.

June 27, 1765
The Pennsylvania Gazette

NEWPORT, June 17.

Captain Bridges arrived here last Wednesday, from Turks Island, by whom Samuel Dunscomb, Master of the Sloop Success, belonging to Edenton, in North Carolina, wrote, That on the 15th ult. at Night, his Sloop struck on the N.W. Reef of the Grand Caucases, and in the Morning saw 15 Sail of Bermudian Wreckers, lying about 3 Leagues distant, to whom he rowed off in his Boat, and offered them one Half of his Vessel and Cargoe for their Assistance; but they told him, they never assisted any Body; that all their Men came out upon Shares; and if they got any Thing, it was for themselves. He then rowed back to his Sloop, the Deck of which was at least a Foot or more under Water, and endeavoured to get out some Provision; during which 8 or 9 of the Bermudian Boats came in, and rowed around the Sloop. He then offered them two Thirds of what they could save, but their Answer was, that they would not help him nor any Body else, nor would even take him and his Men on board. Captain Dunscomb and his Men were then obliged to put off in their Boat, and soon after were taken on board a Turtler, and carried to Turks Island, where they met with Captain Bridges, with whom they came as far as the Capes of Virginia, and there met with a Vessel bound to North Carolina, by which they got a Passage to Edenton.

September 2, 1765
Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh)

Newport, June 27. Captain Bridges arrived here last Wednesday from Turks islands, by whom Samuel Dunscomb, Master of the sloop Success, belonging to Edenton in North Carolina, wrote, that on the 15th ult. at night, his sloop struck on the N. W. reef of the Grand Caucases, and in the morning saw 15 sail of Bermudian rakers, lying about three leagues distant, to whom he rowed off in his boat, and offered them one half of his vessel and cargo for their assistance; but they told him they never assisted any body; that all their men came out upon shares; and if they got any thing it was for themselves. He then rowed back to his sloop, the deck of which was at least a foot or more under water, and endeavoured to get out some provision: during which, eight or nine of the Bermudian boats came in, and rowed round the sloop. He then offered them two thirds of what they could save; but their answer was, that they would not help him nor any body else, nor would even take him and his men on board. Capt. Dunscomb and his men were then obliged to put off in their boat, and soon after were taken on board a Turtler, and carried to Turks Island, where they met with Capt. Bridges, with whom they came as far as the Capes of Virginia, and there met with a vessel bound to North Carolina, by which they got a passage to Edenton.

October 17, 1765
The Pennsylvania Gazette

PHILADELPHIA, October 17. […]

Captain Brownlow informed Captain Yorke, that a Sloop, Captain Russ, from North Carolina, was lost at Turns Island, the latter End of August, her Rigging and Cargoe saved.


February 6, 1766
The Pennsylvania Gazette

WILMINGTON (In North-Carolina) December 18. The Sloop—, Captain Pindar, who sailed from this Port some Time ago, for New River, is cast away: The Vessel and Cargo lost.

March 13, 1766
The Pennsylvania Gazette


Captain Gooding, from North-Carolina, advises, that Captain Hyat, in a Brig from New-York, and a Sloop, Captain Livingston, b-longing to the same Place, were both drove ashore at Ocracock, on the Twenty-eighth of last Month, in a hard Gale of Wind, but that it was thought they would be got off again, after being lightened: And that a small Schooner, belonging to North-Carolina, was also ashore, and, it was believed, would be lost.

The Schooner Ranger, Captain Phipps, from this Port, arrived at Ocracock, the 26th ult. And a Brig from Casco Bay, arrived there the same Day.

April 17, 1766
The Pennsylvania Gazette


Captain War, from North-Carolina, on the 9th Instant, in Lat. 36:20, Long. 74:10, spoke with Captain Craig, in a Snow from Boston for Ocracock, out 12 Days. The same Day he spoke Captain Bowen, in a Sloop, from Rhode-Island, bound to North-Carolina, eight Days out, all well in both Vessels. On the 10th Instant, in Lat. 37, he saw great Quantities of Pipe Staves, a Vessel’s Top, and Part of a Quarter-Deck floating in the Sea. […]

Captain Reedy, from this Port, for Charles-Town, in South Carolina, we hear, ran ashore near Point Look-Out, in North Carolina; the Cargoe saved.

May 21, 1766
Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh)

The Three Friends, Reynolds, from Falmouth for North-Carolina, is put into Virginia, in great distress.

June 14, 1766
Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh)

We hear from Greenock, that the ship Thomas and Elizabeth, Clayton, is lost in her passage from North Carolina.

June 28, 1766
Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh)

Philadelphia, May 5. From Bermuda we hear, that about the beginning of February last, a sloop, Captain Jones, from Antigua, bound for North Carolina, was drove on the island in a distressed condition. The affair is as follows: the sloop sailed from Antigua in October, with Captain Jones, one Williams the owner, the mate, three seamen, three negro men, and between 20 and 30 negro women and children on board; after being at sea some time, they had all their sails tore to pieces, that it was impossible to make any way, and they were left to the mercy of the seas; in this condition, and in want of provisions, they were put to the necessity of eating one of the dead negro children, which so exasperated the negroes on board, that they fell on the crew, killed Mr. Williams and the mate, cut them in pieces, and threw them overboard, wounded the Captain in a terrible manner, but he taking to the shrouds, where they followed him; then slipping down the gib-stay, got into the hold unperceived, and lay there till the sloop got to Bermuda, which was the next day. The Captain it is thought will recover, but one of the seamen, who was much wounded, died soon after he got ashore; the other two seamen escaped unhurt, by hiding in the hold till the bloody rage of the negroes was cooled, when they called them up, and told one of them to be Captain. Thus did that unhappy crew fare, after being at sea near 15 weeks, 40 days of which almost without provisions. When the negroes and sailors landed they were so reduced, that they were forced to be carried to lodgings provided for them.

December 4, 1766
The Pennsylvania Gazette

Philadelphia, December 4. [ . . . ]

Captain Moon, from North Carolina, advises, that just before he sailed, he was informed by Mr. Clarke, one of the Pilots there, that a small new Schooner, from this Port for Ocracock, having lost both her Masts in a Gale of Wind, was driven on Cape Hatteras, but it was thought she would get off again. --- He also heard that a French Ship, from the Bite of Leoganne for Old France, had put into Cape Lookout Bay, in Distress.


February 19, 1767
The Pennsylvania Gazette

PHILADELPHIA, February 19.

The Brig Pompey, Captain Torbert, bound from this Port for North-Carolina, was drove ashore in a Gale of Wind, on the 28th of December last, on Cape Look-out; the Vessel entirely lost, but the People, with Part of the Cargoe and Rigging, happily saved.

February 19, 1767
The Pennsylvania Gazette

NEW YORK, February 12.

By Capt. Hibbs, who arrived here Tuesday last, in 11 days from Newbern, in North Carolina, we have intelligence, that about the beginning of December last, a French Ship of above 400 tons, Monsieur Richard, commander, bound from Leoganne, for Nants in France, with a valuable cargo of sugar and indigo, having met with much bad weather, and sprung a leak at sea, had put into Port Look Out, in North Carolina, in distress: — Where, upon the survey of carpenters, the ship was adjudged irreparable, and condemned. — Capt. Hibbs has brought part of her cargo in here.

March 5, 1767
The Pennsylvania Gazette


Captain Ashmore, in a Sloop of this Port, bound from Maryland for South-Carolina, was lost on Cape Look-out Shoals; the People, and Part of the Cargoe, saved.

April 30, 1767
The Pennsylvania Gazette


Captain Davidson, from New Providence, advises, that a Schooner belonging to Boston, bound to Providence from Newbern, in North-Carolina, was lately cast away on Abaco; as were also another Schooner, and a Sloop, both from North Carolina for the above Island; the Vessels and Cargoes entirely lost, but the People saved.

September 24, 1767
The Pennsylvania Gazette

NEW YORK, September 17.

John Fairbank, in the Schooner Dolphin, from Little River, in North-Carolina, for Rhode Island, put in here in Distress Yesterday, having lost his Mainsail and Foresail, and most of his Cargo off his Deck, in a violent Gale of Wind the 11th Instant, and his Vessel being very leaky, could not proceed on her Voyage.

November 19, 1767
The Pennsylvania Gazette

NEW-YORK, November 12.

By Captain Luther, from North-Carolina we learn, that the Gale of Wind, on the 16th of October last, was very violent in those Parts, and that out of 14 Vessels that were then lying Wind-bound at Ocracock Bar, only seven rode it out.—A Brig, bound to Antigua, was forced ashore and bilged; a Sloop to the West-Indies, sunk at her Anchors, but the People were saved; Capt. Drake, in a Virginia Sloop, was drove ashore, and beat to Pieces, the Captain drowned, and two of the Men were drifted on the Round-house upwards of 14 Miles, in as many Hours, in continual Distress, till they got ashore; Capt. Russell, in a Carolina Sloop, was drove ashore, but will be got off again; one New-England Sloop was drove about two Miles over the Shoals, and it is thought will not get off again, and the 7th was drove ashore and bilged. Captain Luther heard of a great deal of Devastation in other Places, but did not learn the Particulars.

November 19, 1767
The Pennsylvania Gazette

BOSTON, November 5.

Last week we had a very heavy storm of wind and rain, the severity of it was on Wednesday, no great damage done in this harbour, but in the bay the wind being violent at N.E. many vessels were in great distress: It is said 17 sail, chiefly sloops, were drove on the Southern shore; a brig from the West Indies, ---- Brown master, laden with melasses, drove on the back of Cape Cod, the vessel and most of the cargo lost, valued at 1000l. sterling; a brig ----- smith master, from Newfoundland, ashore at the same place, the vessel lost; a brig from Petersburgh, John Bryant master, ashore near Barnstable, but likely to get off; a sloop from North Carolina, ashore near Marshfield, the vessel lost, but the cargo saved; a sloop near Duxbury, the vessel, cargo, and all the people lost, two dead bodies have been taken up, several chests, some bedding, great quantities of cheese, butter, cyder, &c. were washed ashore, by which it is supposed she was from Connecticut; but have not learnt the master[’s] name.

November 26, 1767
The Pennsylvania Gazette

BOSTON, November 16.

By Captain Bosworth from North-Carolina, we hear that Captain Fuller, in a Vessel, belonging to this Place, was cast away on the Swash, as she was coming out; and that several other Vessels were drove ashore and damaged, in the late tempestuous Weather.


January 30, 1768
Caledonian Mercury

Extract of a letter from Glasgow, Jan. 28.

“By Capt. Ireland of the ship Peggy of Dundee, burden 260 tons, just arrived from Ireland, we have the following particulars of the loss of that vessel and cargo on the 27th ult. on the N. W. coast of Ireland, and county of Donnegal.—They were bound from Cape Fare in North Carolina, for Hull, laden with naval stores, mahogony, etc. and on the 15th December about six in the evening sprung a leak, in a hard gale of wind, and both pumps at the same time choacked with tar, so that they were obliged to hoist them out and keep baleing, but were not able to keep the water from rising four foot in the hold; two of their hands having died in the passage, and several of the rest sickly, and the water still gaining upon them, they were in a deplorable situation, which obliged them to throw part of their cargo overboard to lighten the ship, being then driven a great way to the northward, by hard gales of wind at S. E. and the water having increased to six foot in her hold, they found they could not keep the sea, and therefore on the 26th ult., bore in for the nearest port, which was Clohoneely bay, and there took on board a pilot to carry them into the Roses, who took the opportunity of a dark night, to run them hard upon the rocks, about one o’clock in the morning, and when he found he had effected his purpose, he wanted much to be set on shore, which the master and crew refused, being determined that he should share the same fate with themselves.—There being a large swell from the west, and the tide setting in very hard, it was impossible for the Captain and crew (after exerting themselves to the utmost) to get her off, so that she beat against the rocks for some time, and knocked off the rudder and stern port, and then drove into deeper water betwixt the rocks and the land, when they let go their last anchor, to try to ride her, but though a new ship, she had suffered so much on the rocks, that in ten minutes she filled full of water; they then were obliged to cut their cable, and try to save their lives, but in a little she overset, the crew in the utmost danger, and at five o’clock in the morning drove in upon her broadside, betwixt two small islands within a mile of the Roses, when one of the crew swam to the land, with a rope in his mouth, by which the rest were hauled ashore, (the Irish pilot being the last) excepting a young man, who was drowned, who had one short time before last his judgment; they were used with the utmost barbarity, about 500 people immediately seized the wreck, cut, plundered, and carried off every thing they could come at, the Captain got twelve armed boats from some fishing vessels in the neighbourhood, but they were beat off, and though Mr Montgomerie, Salvagier, offered them one fourth part of the whole that could be saved, yet they threatened immediate death to whoever should oppose them, the crew not daring to go near the wreck, to save either money, clothes, or papers. So rapacious were they, that they cut the sails, which were new, in pieces and divided them amongst them, giving a yard to each.

April 7, 1768
The Pennsylvania Gazette

BOSTON, March 24. […]

Captain Purebeck, from North Carolina, on the 8th inst. about 10 leagues east of Cape Cod, came athwart a sloop lying on her beam ends, full of water; he judged her to be about 70 tons, she had black waist and quarters, her stern painted blue, and cabbin windows white.

April 21, 1768
The Pennsylvania Gazette


Captain Cardiff, from North-Carolina, on his Passage, off Cape-Hatteras, run close along-side a Wreck in the Night, supposed to be a large Sloop, had the Stump of her Mast standing, and but little of her Upper Works above Water; but it being dark, and the Wind blowing very fresh, he could make no further Discovery.

May 5, 1768
The Pennsylvania Gazette

NEW-YORK, April 28.

Captain Campbell, from North-Carolina in 8 Days, informs us, That Capt. John Marshall, in a Brig belonging to this Port, from the Grenades, was, the Middle of April, cast away about 4 Leagues from Topsail Inlet, on the Coast of North-Carolina, that the Vessel would not be got off, but that the Crew, with the Rigging, &c. were saved;

June 4, 1768
Caledonian Mercury

Capt. Coulson, of the Prosper, arrived at Bristol from North Carolina, on the 7th ult. in lat. 35. and long. 3. fell in with the Nancy Service from Glasgow for Virginia, in great distress, having nine feet water in her hold, and it commu[illegible] increasing, obliged them to quit her, and come aboard the Prosper; they took out of her a quantity of linens, cloth, and leather.

October 31, 1768
Edinburgh Evening Courant

Charles-Towne [...] The sloop Renah, of and for Edenton in North Carolina from Jamaica, is lost on the South side of Cuba. The master arrived here last week in the ship Apollo, William Golston master, from Dominica, and has published a particular account of the loss of the said sloop, by which it appears he and his people underwent many and severe hardships.


January 9, 1769
Edinburgh Evening Courant


Capt. William Spark, of the Mary of Newcastle, who is just arrived at Hull from Cape Fear, writes word, that about six weeks ago he had the misfortune to lose his mate and all his watch, which consisted of three men and one boy, by a great sea, which also carried away his rails, stanchions, companion, binicle, compasses, water casks, and several other things; and only had then remaining, himself, three boys, two of whom had never been at sea before. This melancholy circumstance happened 400 leagues off the Land’s end.

March 30, 1769
Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Dixon)

The Friends Goodwill, Lott, from North Carolina to London, is put into Cambletown in distress, having lost all her sails, and all the people, excepting the master and two men, the rest being washed overboard in bad weather.

May 20, 1769
Edinburgh Evening Courant


The Nancy, Minshall, from Liverpool to North Carolina, is burnt by accident off Ormshead; the crew took their boats, and are safe.

June 22, 1769
The Pennsylvania Gazette


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With Captain Kemp came Passengers John Rainey, late belonging to the Sloop Seaflower, Captain Whitpain, bound to this Port from the Bay of Honduras, who, on the 8th of May, was unfortunately cast away on Cape Florida; the Vessel entirely lost, but the People, and greatest Part of the Cargoe, saved. And Matthew Revel, late Mate of the Sloop Friendship, Captain Vickers, bound to North Carolina from Jamaica, who informs, that the said Vessel was cast away on the Colleradoes on the 6th of May, and entirely lost, together with the cargoe; that the People took to their Boat, and got to the Havanna, where they were confined for some Days, till the arrival of the Bonnetta Man of War, in which they got a Passage to Providence.

September 28, 1769
Pennsylvania Gazette

The Sloop Porgie, Christopher Johnson, Master, who left Edenton, in North Carolina, the 22d of August, loaded with Pitch and Turpentine, bound to New York, about the same Time unfortunately arrived at the High Lands of the Nevisinks, as also a fine large black Sloop, extremely well found, having a square Topsail, and supposed to be from the West Indies. Both these Sloops finding it impossible to avoid driving on Shore, broto, within the Breakers at Barnegat, and threw out their Anchors; the large Sloop having a new Cable, made fast round the Mast, and at full Length, seemed likely to ride out the Gale, but the Cable of the Porgie immediately parting, in wareing she was driven foul of the other Sloop, and thereby lost her Bowsprit; as she was driving past, a Person on board the large Sloop was heard to say, — Lord help him, poor Man! he is gone. The Porgie presently was driven on the Beach, and dashed to Pieces, but the People providentially all escaped, and saved most of the Cargoe. Soon after they were on Shore, about 6 in the Evening, the Wind suddenly shifted to N.N.W. and blew a more violent Storm than before, with heavy Rain and Hail. Next Morning there was nothing to be seen of the large Sloop, which it is supposed was driven on the Breakers without her; a short, thick made Negroe Man, with a broad Face, pitted wit the Small pox, was seen on board her; and after the Storm the Body of such a Negroe, and those of 6 white Men all wore their own Hair, except one, supposed to be the Captain or Mate, whose Head was shaven. During the Storm a Brig was seen to the Eastward, standing S.S.E. A small Sloop was driven on Shore within the Inlet, another with Rails from Brunswick, and another at Egg Harbour, all likely to be lost. Two other Sloops, and 2 Schooners, it is thought, will be got off.

October 11, 1769
Edinburgh Evening Courant

The Charming Nancy, Ouston, of Shields, is lost at North-C[a]rolina.

November 16, 1769
Pennsylvania Gazette

PHILADELPHIA, November 16.

By Captain Mills, from North Carolina, we learn, that Captain Hunt’s Sloop, belonging to New York, and two Sloops belonging to New England, are all the Vessels that have yet been got off, out of about 20 Sail that were drove ashore there in the late Storm; and that about the 16th of last Month, a schooner belonging to Carolina, inward bound from the West Indies, and a Sloop belonging to New York, were drove ashore at Ocracock, in a Gale of Wind, where it is feared they will be lost.


March 29, 1770
The Pennsylvania Gazette

By Captain Morton, from Newbern, in North Carolina, we learn, that the Ship Ann and Dorothy, Captain Greenway, from Barbadoes for this Port; a Sloop, Captain Hibbs, belonging to North Carolina, inward bound from Jamaica; a Bermudian Sloop, and two other Vessels, were all cast away about 3 Weeks ago, a little to the Northward of Cape Hatteras, in a Gale of Wind; that Captain Greenway saved his Cargoe, Sails and Rigging; the Bermuda Sloop was beat to Pieces; and it was thought the others would all be lost, but the People saved. He further informs us, that just before he sailed, Advice was received there from the North County, that a new Sloop, belonging to Mr. Thomas Williams, of that Place, being loaded, and just ready for sailing, bound to the West Indies, by some Accident took Fire, when both Vessel and Cargoe were entirely consumed.

April 19, 1770
Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Dixon)


BY Captain Morton, from Newbern, in North Carolina, we learn that the ship Anne and Dorothy, [torn] from Barbados for this port, a sloop, Captain [torn] to North Carolina, inward bound from Jamaica [torn] sloop, and two other vessels, were all cast away [torn] weeks ago, a little to the northward of Cape Fear [torn] of wind; that Captain Greenway saved his [torn] rigging; the Bermuda sloop was beat to pieces [torn] thought the others would all be lost, but the [torn] further informs us that just before he sailed advic[torn] there from the north county that a sloop, belonging to Mr. Thomas Williams of that place, being loaded, and just ready for sailing, bound to the West Indies, by some accident took fire, when both vessel and cargo were entirely consumed.

April 19, 1770
The Pennsylvania Gazette

PHILADELPHIA, April 19. […]

By Captain Robbins, from North Carolina, we learn, that a Snow, bound to Baltimore from Dublin, with a Number of Servants and Passengers on board, was drove ashore on Boyd’s Island, near Oranoak, about 6 Weeks about, where the Vessel is intirely lost, but the People saved, together with her Sails, Rigging, &c.

April 26, 1770
Pennsylvania Gazette


Captain Gromwell, from Lisbon, on the 28th of March, in Lat. 36:30, Long. 68, spoke the Sloop Margaret, Captain Hodge, from New York for Coracoa, out 3 Days, all well; and on the 7th Instant, in Lat. 34:56, Long. 71, he spoke the Sloop Betsy, Captain Jenkins, from North Carolina for Rhode Island, very leaky, and had been obliged to throw Part of his Cargoe overboard in a hard Gale of Wind.

Captain Harper, from Antigua, on the 8th Instant, in Lat. 32:54, Long. 71, spoke a Sloop from Dominica, belonging to, and bound for Rich Inlet, in North Carolina, in Distress, having met with a Gale of Wind off Cape Hatteras, and attempting to lay to, shipped a heavy Sea, that very much shattered her whole Larboard Side, carried away her Mainsail and Boom, Boat, Caboose, Quarter Stanchions and Rails, and left her a meer Wreck; Captain Harper spared him some Necessaries, and he immediately stood on his Course.

May 24, 1770
The Pennsylvania Gazette


Monday last the Sloop Nancy, Captain Alexander, arrived here from North-Carolina; with whom came Passenger Captain Anthony Shoemaker, late of the Ship Charming Polly, bound from London to Ocracock, in North-Carolina, whose Vessel was cast away on the 15th of last Month, on Cape-Hatteras Shoals, and soon after beat to Pieces, in a Gale of Wind, at N.E. by E. being thick dirty Weather, the People with Difficulty saved themselves. At the same Time the Snow Lillie, Captain Ewer, from Glasgow for Ocracock, was cast away about 10 Miles to the Northward, on the Beach, the People and Cargoe saved, but the Vessel lost; the Sloop Polly, inward bound from the West-Indies for North Carolina, lost about 15 Miles to the Southward of him; and a Schooner, outward bound for the West-Indies, lost about 3 Miles from the Bar of Ocracock, the People all saved.


April 13, 1771
Edinburgh Evening Courant

The ship Rubie, Capt. Oram, is lost on Oakricock Barr, in her passage from Londonderry to North Carolina.

September 5, 1771
The Pennsylvania Gazette

PHILADELPHIA, September 5. Captain Campbell, from South-Carolina, informs, that the Day he sailed from thence he fell in with a Spanish Snow, from the Havannah, bound to Old Spain, having on board the Passengers and Crews of two Vessels lately cast away, and being in Want of Provisions, the Spanish Captain desired him to carry them to some Port, when he took them to Cape Look-out, in North-Carolina, where they landed about 100 of the Men, and waited till they could get a Supply of Provisions from Newbern, in order to proceed on their Voyage; that he learnt from the People who were landed, there were only two Vessels lost on Cape-Florida (and not seven, as mentioned in our last) viz. a Ship and a Snow, richly laden, from La Vera Cruz, who were in Company with several other Ships, and were carrying home a Regiment, which had lately been relieved; that they saved good Part of the Treasure before they left the Vessels, which they put on board the above Snow; and that they intended to hire a Vessel to carry them to the Havannah. Captain Campbell has brought five of the Spaniards in with him. There were on board one of the Vessels that were cast away, several Englishmen, who were taken trading with the Spaniards, had been confined at the Havannah for two or three Years, and were sentenced to be sent to Spain, there to remain five Years longer, but are happily now released.

September 26, 1771
Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Dixon)

NEWBERN, August 23.

SINCE our last arrived in Cape Lookout Bay, in a distressed Condition, a Spanish Snow, having on Board the Crews of two Register Ships, which were cast away on the Bahama Banks, on their Passage from the Havannah to Old Spain. They have saved all the Money that was in the Register Ships (an immense Sum) which the Snow has now on Board. There are a Hundred and eighty Spaniards on Board, with four English Prisoners, who were taken in the illicit Trade on the Spanish Coast. They are in Want of all Kinds of Provisions, which they pay very liberally for.[…]

September 6. The Spanish Snow, mentioned in this Paper to be arrived in Cape Lookout Bay, is sailed for Spain, having left behind about a Hundred Spaniards, some of whom are gone to Virginia, and others go from hence in a Brig directly to Cadiz, Stephen Williams Commander. The only Person of Distinction among them, who is a Brigadier General, sails this Day in a Vessel for Philadelphia, and intends making the Tour of the Continent. He has with him twenty Thousand Dollars.

September 26, 1771
Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Dixon)

By a Vessel in a short Passage from Philadelphia we have a certain Account that Harmon Husband is now at Wilmington, a little Town just below Philadelphia, goes much in Publick, and is highly caressed by a Multitude, who he every Day entertains with the tragical Story of Governor Tryon’s Massacre of his Brethren in Iniquity in North Carolina, and is undoubtedly the Author of the many extraordinary Publications we and in the Pennsylvania Journal. It should seem exceedingly unaccountable that a Person of Hermon Husband’s Address and Penetration should be able to induce with a Number of People, whom we find espousing the Cause, to [believe that] the Governor of this Province, chief of his Majesty’s Council, and forty members of the Assembly, and a very considerable Number of Gentlemen of the first Fortunes and Families in this Province, [illegible] were in the Battle of Alamance, should all be corrupted, all in League to [illegible] and oppress a Set of harmless industrious men, who were striving hard against the Iron Hand of Oppression! The Doctrine is absurd, and ridiculous. The least Reflection must compel a Belief that Something was wrong, Something amiss among those People; especially when among the provincial Laws of the Province, published by Authority, are to be found Acts for redressing and removing every Grievance that could possibly have an Existence among them.

October 23, 1771
Edinburgh Evening Courant

Capt. Manly, of the New Elizabeth, who is arrived in the Downs from South Carolina, on the 11th of September, in lat. 38. 30 N. long. 62. 11. saw several ships dismasted, and on the 17th September spoke with the Carolina Packet, McCarty, from N. Carolina to Cadiz, who had cut away his main-mast, lost his foremast, damaged all his bread, and was in great distress when Capt. Manly spared him some.


January 30, 1772
Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Dixon)

On the 24th of December last, at two o’Clock in the Morning, the Sloop Peggy, Robert Tompkins Master, was drove ashore and lost, with a valuable Cargo, on Ocracock Island, North Carolina; the People were saved.

February 6, 1772
Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Dixon)

We are informed from North Carolina that Captain Tompkins, mentioned in our last to have lost his Vessel and Cargo last December on Ocracock, a few Months before had the Misfortune to have a Store of his robbed of two Hundred Pounds, and lately his Dwellinghouse was burnt down, with many valuable Goods and Household Furniture.

June 11, 1772
Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Dixon)


Wednesday se’nnight, in a Gale of Wind and thick Weather, a Schooner from Philadelphia, John Kerr Master, bound for Portsmouth, deeply laden, was drove ashore at the Mouth of Currituck Inlet, and beat to Pieces. The People were saved, but chief of the Cargo will be lost.

June 11, 1772
The Pennsylvania Gazette

New York, June 8. [ . . . ]

Capt. Jesse Hunt, in the Sloop Sally, from New York, bound to Charles Town, South Carolina, was cast away on Monday, the 4th of May, on Cape Lookout Shoals, about 10 Leagues from Land, --- the Vessel and Cargoe entirely lost, with seven Persons, viz. One Sailor, by name Swane, a young Woman named Trigleth, two Children of Mrs. Jacobs, a Jewess, that was going for a nurse for Major Butler, another Woman that was going to her Husband, who is a Blacksmith in Charles Town, and a Negroe Boy of the Captain; --- the rest of the People (being fifteen in Number) with much Difficulty got safe to the Shore in the Boat, after being in her fifteen Hours. --- The Captain was once knocked overboard, but happily got in again.

June 13, 1772
Edinburgh Evening Courant

The Elizabeth, Wolf, from Dublin for North-Carolina, is foundered at sea; the crew were taken up in the Mary, Jones, from the Bay of Honduras.

June 25, 1772
The Pennsylvania Gazette


Wednesday se’nnight, in a Gale of Wind, and thick Weather, a Schooner from Philadelphia, John Kerr, Master, bound for Portsmouth, deeply laden, was drove ashore at the Mouth of Currituck Inlet, and beat to Pieces; The People were saved, but chief of the Cargoe will be lost.

June 25, 1772
The Pennsylvania Gazette


Captain Neill, from North-Carolina, informs, that about three Weeks ago, a new Ship, belonging to one Mr. Williams, of that Place, bound to London, was cast away on Ocracock Bar, where the Vessel was beat to Pieces, and the Cargoe lost, but the Sails and Rigging saved.

July 25, 1772
Edinburgh Evening Courant

Extract of another letter from New-York, June [4.]

“Captain Hunt, in the sloop Sally, from [New York to Charles-Town,] was cast away the [4th of May,] on Cape Look-out Shoals, 10 leagues from [land;] the vessel and cargo are entirely lost, with [seven] persons; the rest of the people, with much [diffi]culty, got safe to shore, 15 in number, in the [boat,] after being in her 15 hours. The Captain was [once] knocked overboard; but with much difficulty he [was] got in.”

July 29, 1772
Edinburgh Evening Courant

The Betsey, Leadbeater, from North Carolina to London, is totally lost in Otterock river, near North Carolina.

October 7, 1772
The Pennsylvania Gazette

NEW-YORK, October 5.

Extract of a Letter from a Gentleman at St. Eustatia, to his Friend in New-York, dated September 5, 1772.

“I am sorry by this Opportunity to have Occasion to mention to you the unfortunate Situation we are in at this Island: On the 28th of last Month, we had a violent Gale of Wind, that drove all our Shipping out of the Road, except a Spanish Sloop, from Campeachy, and a Schooner ready to sail, with a large Quantity of Fire-arms, for Margarita. A Sloop, belonging to Richard Quince Esq. of North-Carolina, which had just arrived, loaded with Lumber, and a small Vessel from Anguilla, were drove on Shore, the Vessels lost, but their Cargoes and People saved […]

List of Vessels lost in the Gale of Wind that happened at St Kitts, the 28th of August, 1772.

Sloop Pompey, Yarr, St Martins, in Ballast, lost in Frigate Bay, owned by Gov. Heylegar, nothing saved.

Sloop Watson, Hood, St. Kitts, in Ballast, Hull ashore at Basseterre, Owner, John Satterthwaite.

Schooner _____, Smittan, Nevis, in Ballast, lost at Pym’s Land, owned by Daniel Russ, nothing saved.

Sloop Juno, Liddle, St. Kitts, in Ballast, lost at the Salt Ponds, owned by John Corlet, nothing saved.

Sloop Fanny, Reap, Nevis, in Ballast, lost at the Salt Ponds, Owners, Lawrence and Reap, Part of the Hull saved.

Schooner Mary and Elizabeth, Wright, Sandy Point, in Ballast, lost at Sandy Point, Owners, Woodburne and Garner, nothing saved.

Sloop _____, Brintnell, New-London, in Ballast, lost at Sandy Point, Owners unknown, nothing saved.

Sloop John, Hill, St. Croix, Horses, lost at Sandy Point, Owner, John Campbell, nothing saved.

Three Hulks, Gill, Salt Ponds, in Ballast, lost at the Salt Ponds, Owners, Clifton, Corlet and Gill, nothing saved.

Vessels lost in the Hurricane on the 31st of August, 1772.

Note, Those Vessels whose Names are in ltalicks, are supposed to have foundered at Sea.

Ship Farley, Cook, London, with Dry Goods, lost at Bloody Point, only Crew saved; owned by Captain Cook and others.

Ship New-York, Craig, New-York, some Dry Goods, lost at Basseterre; Part Cargoe saved.

Brig Apollo, Manning, Piscataqua, with Sugar, lost at Deep Bay, 60 Hogsheads saved.

Brig Isidure, Byrne, Cork, with Rum, lost at Deep Bay, owned by John Blake; 200 Hogsheads saved.

Snow Thistle, Hunter, Glasgow, with Sugar, lost at Limeh Bay, owned by Buchanan and Co. Crew saved.

Sloop Blake, Browne, Antigua, in Ballast, lost at Deep Bay, Crew saved; owned by Crosby and Company.

Schooner Hazard, Butler, Basseterre and St. Kitts, in Ballast, lost at Hart’s Bay, Crew saved, owned by William Priddie.

Schooner Deep Bay, Beach, Deep Bay and St. Kitts, with various Freights, lost at Sandy Point, Crew saved, owned by Osborne and Manning.

Schooner Chatham, Maurishaw, Sandy Point and St. Kitts, in Ballast, lost at Sandy Point, Crew saved, owned by Lumley Woodyear.

Sloop John and Elizabeth, Saunders, New-York, with Rum, lost at Hart’s Bay, one Hogshead saved, owned by John Watkins.

Brig Tryon, Marnan, Cape Fear, in Ballast, foundered at Sea, one Negroe saved, owned by Mr. Quince.

Brig Mercury, Seaton, Bristol, with 100 Hhds Sugar, owned by Mr. Span.

Schooner Relief, Moore, St. Croix, in Ballast, owned by Captain Moore.

Schooner Margaretti, Bachop, South-Carolina, with Rum, owned by Mr. Buckle. Schooner Mercury, Morgan, Basseterre and St. Kitts, in Ballast, Owners Henderson and Murray.

Sloop Experiment, Howard, Basseterre and St. Kitts, in Ballast, owned by William Neale.

A Ship from London, with 500 Hogsheads of Sugar, lost at Nevis, Crew perished.

Brig Fortune, Potts, Basseterre and St. Kitts, with Mules and Timber, lost at Nevis, Part of Cargo saved, owned by John Corlet, &c.

Sloop Jenny, Smitten, Nevis, in Ballast, lost at Nevis, Crew perished, owned by Captain Smitten.

Sloop Irish Gimblet, Caterling, Nevis, in Ballast, lost at Nevis, Crew perished, Owner, Bowrin.

Schooner Two Williams, Siborn, Sandy Point, in Ballast, lost at Antigua, Crew perished, owned by Mr. Somerfall.

Almost all the Estates in the Island of St. Kitts are destroyed, there being scarce a Mill or boiling House left standing.

At Antigua all the Men of War except the Admiral are ashore, and several Ships at St. John’s foundered at their Anchors; and the towns on the Island, and the Estates thereon, in as bad a Situation as St. Kitts.

Eighteen Vessels are drove ashore and lost at Dominica, Montserrat and Nevis have scarcely a House left standing.

The Brig Douglass, Captain Butler, from Virginia, is arrived at Nevis, with Corn and Provisions.

October 8, 1772
Virginia Gazette

By Captain Manby, from Ocracock, in North Carolina, in eight Days, we have an Account of the following Vessels being lost at that Place the first instant, in a violent Gale of Wind. Captain Clarke, in a Schooner, from Edenton, lost, and all the Crew perished. Captain Pearse, in a Brig from the same Place, bound to Jamaica, lost, with the Cargo, but the Crew saved. Captain Towers, in a Schooner, from Boston, lost, the Crew saved. Captain Hill, from Virginia; the Vessel lost, People saved. A Sloop of about fifty Tuns, loaded with Cedar, for Philadelphia, lost; and Captain Mills from the same Port, drove ashore, but both their Crews were saved. Captain Done, in a Schooner, from Connecticut, lost; Crew and Cargo saved. Captain Corter, from Edenton, last. Captain Pender, from Newbern, lost; Cargo saved. Captain Conway, in a Sloop, from this Port, lost; Cargo saved. And Captain Thomas, from this Port also, Vessel entirely lost, and the Mate and three of the People drowned. The Captain three Days after was taken up, about six Miles from the Land, from Part of the Wreck, by a Vessel bound in; and the same Day a Lad named John Burrows, belonging to the same Sloop, was also taken up by another Vessel inward bound, from some of the Wreck, twelve Leagues to the northward of Ocracock. And a Sloop, Name unknown, was drove out to Sea, and never again heard of.

October 22, 1772
Virginia Gazette

NEW YORK, October 5.

Extract of a Letter from a Gentleman at St. Eustatia, to his Friend in New York, September 5.

I AM sorry, by this Opportunity, to have Occasion to mention to you the unfortunate Situation we are in at this Island. On the 28th of last Month we had a violent Gale of Wind that drove all our Shipping out of the Road, except a Spanish Sloop from Campeachy, and a Schooner ready to sail with a large Quantity of Fire Arms for Margarita. A Sloop belonging to Richard Quince, Esquire, of North Carolina, which had just arrived, loaded with Lumber, and a small Vessel from Anguilla, were drove on Shore; the Vessels lost, but their Cargoes and People saved. [...]

Vessels lost in the Hurricane on the 31st of August. [St. Kitts] […]

Brig Tryon, Marnan, Cape Fear, in Ballast, foundered at Sea, one Negro saved, owned by Mr. Quince.

October 28, 1772
The Pennsylvania Gazette

NEW BERN (in North Carolina) September 10.

Captain Busbee, in the Sloop Thomas, just arrived here from St. Martins, informs us, that off the Capes of Virginia, in about 13 Fathom Water, he came through a Drift of Candles, Apples, and other Things, for near two Miles, which must have been Part of the Cargoes of some Northern Vessels; and that, to the Northward of Cape Hatteras, he saw four Sail of Vessels on Shore.

November 23, 1772
Edinburgh Evening Courant

The Cruger, Smith, from North Carolina to Bristol, is lost in Padstow-bay.

December 31, 1772
Virginia Gazette

WILLIAMSBURG, December 31.

The Phenix, Lamont, belonging to Glasgow, and bound for James River, was cast away last Saturday Sennight, in a Gale of Wind, on Matchapungo Shoals, about fifteen Leagues to the Northward of the Capes; the Vessel and most of the Cargo lost, but the People saved.


January 23, 1773
Edinburgh Evening Courant

Extract of a letter from Greenock, Jan. 21.

“The night before last, we had a most volent gale of wind here, such as hath not been for many years past. The shipping in this harbour and Port Glasgow have luckily suffered no considerable damage; but those at the tail of the bank were not equally fortunate, particularly the Peggy, Capt. Crawfurd, just arrived in the road from Virginia with tobacco, was obliged to cut away her main and mizen masts, the Peggy,—bound for Cette, with tobacco, drove ashore on the hill of Ardmore, but ‘tis hoped she will be got off without much damage; the Christian, belonging to Whitehaven, laden with tobacco for France, is likewise ashore on the point of Ardmore and ‘tis thought will be lost; and a brig, How master, bound for Cette with tobacco, has also lost her fore-mast.—But the most melancholy loss we have met with is that of the ship Juno, Captain Paton from Cape Fare, North Carolina. As he was now come up the night before, it is thought Capt. Paton must have arrived about four in the morning, when the storm was at its height.—As soon as day-light appeared, a wreck was seen from the shore; no assistance, however, could be given till about three in the afternoon, when a boat and five hands went off and found a vessel lying on one side, and five dead bodies fitting close by each other, one of which was still warm. All were brought on shore, and every method used to recover life, but to no purpose. One of the five was Captain Paton, in whose pocket papers were found, which shew the vessel to be the Juno, from Cape Fare, loaded with tar, &c. the bills of loading are dated December 15th. The vessel now lies on one side almost under water, and as the weather still continues bad, nothing can be done for the preservation of vessel or cargo.”

March 8, 1773
Edinburgh Evening Courant

The Ranger, Campbell, from North Carolina to Bristol, was lost the first ult. on the fingers; three of the people are brought to Bristol by Capt. White, who is arrived from North Carolina.

March 14, 1773
Virginia Gazette

The Betsey, Fowke, from Cape Fear, was found lying on her Broadside, without any living Creature on Board, and towed into Polperra, a fishing Town near Plymouth, the 7th Instant.

April 7, 1773
Pennsylvania Gazette

NEW YORK, April 1. […]

April 5. Sunday Evening the 28th ult. the Sloop Kingston, Capt. Purnel Johnson, arrived here, […] on the 20th of the same Month, [he] spoke with a Sloop, from North Carolina for Boston, the Master of which informed him, that the Day before he fell in with the Wreck of a Vessel belonging to New York, and took therefrom three of the People, who were then on board his Vessel, but it blowing hard at the Time, Capt. Johnson could learn no farther Particulars.

July 5, 1773
Edinburgh Evening Courant

The Charming Betsey, Jackson, is [lost on the] coast of North-Carolina.

August 11, 1773
The Pennsylvania Gazette

By Captain King, from North-Carolina, we are informed, that a large Topsail Schooner, loaded with Indigo, Coffee, Cotton, Mahogony, &c. commanded by Captain Samuel Green, and bound from Providence for this Port, foundered in the Gulph Stream, in the Latitude of Cape-Look-Out; that the Vessel went down so quick, the People had but just Time to get into their Boat, and had scarce got clear of her before she disappeared; and they all got on Shore at Cape-Look-Out the 22d of July.

October 30, 1773
Edinburgh Evening Courant

The Isabella, Pennock, from Liverpool to Havre-de-grace, and the Wilmington, Paterson, from Cape Fare to Glasgow, are put into Bangor, in great distress; the former having sprung a lake in the Channel, and the latter having struck on a rock [before] she got into the Bay, lost her anchors and cables, but, as far as it is known, the cargo had sustained no damage.

November 20, 1773
Edinburgh Evening Courant

The Shelborn, Spencer, bound to Senegal, and the Triton, Pashby, from Yarmouth for the Straits, were run foul of in the Downs, by the Kingston, Clark, bound to Cape Fear, and sunk; the crew were saved. She likewise ran foul of another ship, name unknown, and it is feared that the people perished. The Kingston, Clark, afterwards went on shore to the westward of Ramsgate Pier. Several pieces of wrecks are come on shore, and the manifest of the cargo of the John, Elphinston.


February 2, 1774
The Pennsylvania Gazette

BOSTON, January 20. […]

Captain Andrews, arrived at Marblehead from the West Indies, took up from a Wreck, the 17th ult. Captain John Laughinhouse, Asa Parker, and Christopher Merchant, late belonging to the Sloop Industry, from Baltimore to North Carolina.

March 30, 1774
The Pennsylvania Gazette


Thursday last arrived at New York the Schooner Hannah, Captain Gray, in 13 Days from North Carolina, with whom were Passengers Captain Tree, of this Place, Robert and James Armstrong, and some others: The two latter informed, - That they sailed from Baltimore the 23d of February, in the Snow Charming Molly, Captain Waugh, bound for Belfast, in Company with Capt. Keith, in a Ship for the Streights; - that they left the Capes on Wednesday, the 2d Instant, and the same Night, in a Gale of wind, their Vessel sprung a Leak, which obliged Captain Waugh to bear away for North Carolina; where, upon his Arrival, he was informed that a Ship, with an Image Head, and carved Images on her Quarters, loaded with Flour, some of the Casks marked Baltimore, was cast away to the southward of Ocracock, the Vessel lost, and almost all the Cargoe, and the whole Crew drowned, one of the Men having been found on the Shore, with a blue Jacket, and black Hair; the Ship had a new Mainmast, and was supposed to be Captain Keith, as two Dogs came ashore on the Forecastle, and the Informants were certain he had such with him, as they frequently saw them on board his Vessel.

Captain Shines, who arrived here last Monday from North Carolina, confirms the above, and adds, that the Schooner -- ------, Captain King, in Ballast, from Antigua for this Port, was drove into Ocracock, and lost, the People saved; and that the Schooner -----, Captain Greenway, from this Port for Newbern, was drove ashore, and the Vessel and Cargoe lost.

Captain Shines, on his Passage, saw a Brig standing in for the Land, which, on the 12th Instant, had struck on Ocracock Bar, and when about five Leagues out, they discovered that she leaked very fast, which obliged them to put about, and stand in for the first Land she could make, where he supposed they ran her ashore.

April 20, 1774
The Pennsylvania Gazette

Captain Chatham, from Cadiz, on the 7th Instant, in Lat. 37, Long. 72, met with the Wreck of a Schooner, which he supposes to have been overset a few Days before in a Squall; she was loaded with Indian corn, bound from North Carolina for Plymouth, in New England. Captain Chatham saved her Papers, from which it appeared she was owned by Isaac Drew, of Uxberry, and commanded by Rufus Ripley, of Kingston; the People it is thought were all lost.


May 17, 1775
Edinburgh Evening Courant

The Clementina, Weir, from London to North Carolina, is on shore on the coast of North Carolina.

September 20, 1775
The Pennsylvania Gazette

PHILADELPHIA, September 20.

Since our last came to Town, Capt. Williams, late of the Sloop Sally, bound from Antigua for Connecticut, whose Vessel was drove on Shore and lost, between Cape Charles and Sinnepuxent. in the late North-east Storm.—Capt. Williams heard of four Sail of Vessels being lost in the same Storm at Ocracock, in North-Carolina.

Captain Stansbury, from Jamaica, on the 28th of last Month, off Cape Tiberon, met with a violent Gale of Wind, or rather Hurricane that lasted 24 Hours, in which he received considerable Damage in his Sails and Rigging.

October 28, 1775
Edinburgh Evening Courant

Extract of a letter from Plymouth, Oct 20. [...]

“The Longbrook, Sainthill, from North Carolina, with naval stores, was driven on shore in Whirsand Bay, a little to the Eastward of this port, the 17th instant at night, in a violent storm, it is feared the vessel will be lost, but it is hoped the cargo will be saved.”

December 4, 1775
Edinburgh Evening Courant

The Active, Studham, is lost at North Carolina, all the crew perished.

December 9, 1775
Edinburgh Evening Courant

We learn from North-Carolina, that the damage done by the late hurricane is incredible, the whole shore being lined with wrecks. Upwards of 100 dead bodies had drifted ashore at Occacock-island.

December 13, 1775
Edinburgh Evening Courant

The Duke of York, late Benn, from North Carolina to Whitehaven, sailed in August last, and has not since been heard of.


January 5, 1784
Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh)


The Commerce, Ashton, sailed from North Carolina, for Liverpool, the 23d of September, met a violent gale of wind the 3d of October, was dismasted, and had five feet and a half water in her hold, put into Bermudas the 11th, where ship and cargo were condemned.

March 15, 1784
Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh)


A brig from Amsterdam, a ship from Jamaica, and the Richard, Dennison, from North Carolina, arrived at Sandy Hook, and since supposed to be lost.

April 7, 1784
The Pennsylvania Gazette


The schooner Pilgrim, commanded by Captain John Burchmore, of Salem, was lately, with her cargoe, entirely lost on Ocracock bar, North Carolina, but the men were saved.

May 1, 1784
Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh)

INTELLIGENCE from LLOYD’S, April 27. [...]

The Betsey, Flynn, from Charlestown to North Carolina and Antigua, is totally lost near Cape Fear.


January 12, 1785
The Pennsylvania Gazette

Jan. 6. A sloop from Egg Harbour, belonging to Mr. Causse, after being twenty days out, was drove on shore near Beaufort, North Carolina; the crew saved: She was bound to Hispaniola.

November 9, 1785
The Pennsylvania Gazette

CHARLESTON, (South Carolina) October 10.

The Captain of the sloop Joseph, from New-York, informs us, that in lat. 36d. 39m. on the third of October, off Roanoke, about 50 miles from Cape Henry, and about four leagues from land, observed a ship with her foremast and foretopmast standing, and several small vessels around her. Soon after, saw her foremast and topmast fall over the side.—We then stood for her; immediately all the small craft, (except one which we found along side, abandoned her) who had been rifling and plundering her of every material. We were informed by the marauders along side, whose insolence we were obliged to check, that they boarded the ship the day before, and found no person on board; and that they had cut away her masts. A considerable quantity of hay and bricks were on board, and about three feet water in her hold. No intelligence can be obtained whence she came—Also that several vessels had been driven on shore on Roanoake, and many wrecks along to Cape Hatteras, whereon they observed four. A brig from Lisbon, bound to Portsmouth; was also wrecked, Captain and two hands only saved.


May 10, 1786
The Pennsylvania Gazette


Extract of a letter from New-York, May 1.

“Captain Guion, of the sloop Nancy, from Charleston for New-York, sailed the 19th of February from Charleston for Cape-Fear where she took in a cargoe of pitch, and on the 2d of March sailed again for New-York; on the 4th a violent gale came on from N. E. which lasted 12 days, and then shifted to S. E. which drove the sloop ashore on Bog Bar, at Swansborough. Cargo lost.”


August 20, 1788
Pennsylvania Gazette

List of vessels lost, driven on shore, and dismasted at Ocracock, North Carolina, in a violent storm on the night of the 23d of last month.

LOST. Ship —, Capt. Ferguson, brig —, Capt. Thomas Cox, sloop—, Capt. Smith, and sloop —, Capt. Arthur Davis, of North Carolina — Sloop Fanny, Capt. Joseph Gardner, of Rhode Island — Sloop —, Capt. —, of Egg Harbour.

ON SHORE. Sloop —, Capt. Smith, sloop Nancy, Capt. Stevens, sloop —, Capt. Isaac Gidney, and sloop —, Capt. Smith, of New York — Sloop —, Capt. Edward Simpson, of Massachusetts — Sloop —, Capt. Hookey, of Virginia — Sloop —, Capt. Warren, of Philadelphia — Schooner —, Capt. Everidge, and two lighters, of North Carolina — Schooner Polly, Capt. Burns, of Baltimore, on shore and dismasted.

DISMASTED. Schooner —, Capt. Joseph Hopkins, and schooner —, Capt. Carey, of North Carolina.

The preceding list was given to Captain Caleb Green (just arrived at Baltimore from Surinam, in the brig Friendship) in lat. 36, 40 N. long. 74, 30 W. by Captain Coffin, from North Carolina, who rode out the aforementioned storm, and was then bound for Boston, and had on board four men, who were taken out of a wreck at sea, by a sloop from Virginia, and two days after put on board his vessel. These men informed Capt. Coffin, that the wreck belonged to Connecticut, and was commanded by Capt. Buckley; that on the 23d ult, they met with a heavy gale of wind, at S.S.W. that when scudding under bare poles, a sea struck them, and stove in the vessel’s waist, and washed the Captain and a boy overboard, who were lost; that she immediately filled with water, and her quarter-deck blew up, when they lashed themselves to the horse-piece, where they had been four days when they were relieved. Capt. Green supplied Capt. Coffin with one cask of water, and a cask of bread.

November 19, 1788
The Pennsylvania Gazette

On Wednesday, the 12th inst. in the morning, Captain Brown, of the sloop Nancy, spoke a sloop from North Carolina, which informed, that the day before he was in company with a sloop bound to New York, on board of which was the crew of the sloop Dolphin, of New Jersey, which had been cast away on Cape Hatteras. We have no particulars of this disaster. […]

Charleston, November 5. Yesterday arrived the sloop Hannah, Capt. Joseph Northam, after a tedious passage of 30 days, from Boston. In the latitude of Cape Hatteras, saw a vessel bottom upwards, with her cargo, consisting of deal boards, green chairs, apples, potatoes, &c. floating on the water. She was supposed to be upwards of 40 tons burthen.


November 25, 1789
The Pennsylvania Gazette

NEW YORK. November 17.

Capt. Prince, on his passage from St. Eustatia, in lat. 35, 12, in ten fathoms water, off Cape Hatteras, spoke the ship Robinson, Isaac Robinson. Master, from Killybegs, in the north-west of Ireland, bound to Norfolk, in Virginia; Capt. Robinson fell in with the brig William, Moses Ventries, Master, on the 24th of September, from Glasgow, bound to North Carolina, but was so leaky that they could not keep her free, and abandoned her and went on board Capt. Robinson; in lat. 35, 4, long. 66, Capt. Robinson was obliged to cut away his main-mast in a heavy gale of wind, on the 20th of October, lay on her beam ends, shifted her ballast, and expected have foundered; Capt. Prince hoisted out his boat and supplied him with bread and water, and some other necessaries, and took one of the brig’s people on hoard his vessel, and at the same time fell in with a sloop from Bermuda, hound to North Carolina, and put the Master and the rest of the crew on board. […]

Capt. Cator, of the sloop Lady Hammond, the 7th inst. spoke the ship Robinson, Capt. Isaac Robinson, from Dublin, bound to Virginia, under a jury main-mast, in lat. 34, 13, N. long. 71, 59, W. Upon her passage the Robinson fell in with the brig William, belonging to North Carolina, in distress, having sprung a leak: she took the crew on board, and left her sinking. The ship carried away her main-mast on the 27th of September, and when the Lady Hammond left her the crew were upon very short allowance, but the wind was favorable.


March 16, 1791
The Pennsylvania Gazette


We have received information that the schooner Nancy, of Baltimore, was entirely lost on the 31st of January, on Body Island, North-Carolina, in a very violent gale of wind. They had on board twenty-six negroes, nine of which perished by the inclemency of the weather; the crew and two passengers got safe to shore: but the captain from fatigue and sickness was in so low a condition, that it was not expected he could recover, when our informant came away.


January 2, 1793
The Pennsylvania Gazette


Captain Coutier, of the schooner Dolphin, in his passage from Wilmington, North Carolina, spoke some pilot boats, who informed him, that a brig was cast away upon Pennyhill banks, about 6 miles to leward of Curatuck Inlet. He afterwards, about the 13th instant, saw the crew at work on the wreck, endeavouring to save as much as possible of the cargo, which consisted of rice, sugar, molasses and red cedar; and had been shipped on board the brig at Charleston, S.C. for Philadelphia, from a ship that had put in there from the West-Indies, in rather a crazy situation. Captain Coutier could not recollect the names either of the brig or her captain; but it was conjectured, that she was the vessel, in which a considerable sum in specie had been shipped, to be sent to Philadelphia.—If, however, this should prove the fact, it will most probably be secured, as the crew were saved. The Captain had hired ten countrymen to assist in working on the wreck.

February 16, 1793
Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh)

Lloyd’s List, Feb. 12. [...]

Captain Betts, of the New Cornwell, arrived at Guernsey, from America, fell in with the brig A. B. C. ——, from North Carolina to Virginia, loaded with tobacco, without any person on board, Captain Betts, pute his mate and four men on board a fortnight since, on his passage to Guernsey.

April 22, 1793
Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh)

Lloyd’s List, April 16. [...]

The Tavistock, Bowen, from St. Michael’s, is put into Beerhaven, with the crew of the Norval, John Waley master, of Glasgow, bound to North Carolina, which founded on the 28th ult. in lat. 40, 30, lon. 12, 20.

June 26, 1793
The Pennsylvania Gazette

Nassau, New Providence, May 28.

The schooner Three Brothers, Cameroy, from the Cape for North Carolina, was cast away the 13th instant, on Melasses Reef, at the Caicos.

July 20, 1793
Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh)

Lloyd’s List, July 16. [...]

The sloop Polly, of Anapolis, is drove on shore near Beaufort, North Carolina, without any person on board.

August 26, 1793
Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh)

Lloyd’s List, Aug. 23. [...]

The Three Friends, Merrell, from London to North Carolina, is on shore near Lymington [England].


January 4, 1794
Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh)

Lloyd’s List, December 31.

The Nancy, Beacon, from Jamaica to Virginia, is lost on the Banks of Curritock. Crew saved. [...]

The Exchange, Jones, for North Carolina to London, met bad weather off Bermuda, and bore up for Guadaloupe, and is arrived there.

August 2, 1794
Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh)

Lloyd’s List, July 29.

The Adventure, Stewart, from St. Croix to North Carolina, and back, sailed from St. Croix on the 21st November last, and has not since been heard of.


May 2, 1795
Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh)

Lloyd’s List, April 28. [...]

The Jamaica, Alexander, from Wilmington, is put into Ramsgate, with loss of anchors and cables, and other damage.


October 26, 1796
The Pennsylvania Gazette

NORFOLK, October 13.

The snow Neptune, Captain Latham, has been unfortunately blown ashore, one mile to the southward of Currituck Inlet, on her passage from Guernsey to Norfolk. It is expected the vessel will be lost, and a part of the cargo saved.


December 16, 1797
Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh)

LLOYD’s LIST, Dec. 12. [...]

The Hall Packet, from North Carolina to England, foundered at sea.

December 20, 1797
The Pennsylvania Gazette

NEW YORK, December 15. […]

Ship North Carolina, Husis, from Cape De Verds bound to Washington, was cast away on the Island of Albicoa, W. I. on the 3d of November. The chief mate, Lewis Ardenne, and 4 hands, were lost in attempting to reach the shore — the remainder of the crew put to sea in the boat and were picked up by the ship Planter, from Charleston, bound to the Havanna. — The second mate and two of the hands arrived in the Huldah.


April 18, 1798
The Pennsylvania Gazette

NEW YORK, April 14. […]

We are informed that on Saturday the 20th ult. a large schooner, commanded by Captain John Chadwick, was driven on shore to the westward of Cape Hatteras, and the Captain and all the crew lost. This vessel was one of a number in company bound to North Carolina. Several other vessels are on shore on that coast.

May 2, 1798
The Pennsylvania Gazette

NEW YORK, April 23.

[ . . . ] April 24.

By the ship Independence, Captain Hallowell, from the Havanna, we learn, while he lay at the Havanna, a boat came on shore about 15 miles from the Havanna, with a boy and supercargo of a vessel - a few days after he boy came to the Havanna, and gave the following account: That he belonged to a brig called the Dorcas, of Washington, North Carolina; that she was bound from Kingston, Jamaica, to Washington, and was cast away on the Dry Tortogue; he says they left the wreck in a small boat, but does not say how long he was on the wreck before they left it, and steered for the Island of Cuba. On their way, a New Providence privateer came across them (the captain, supercargo and boy being sick with a fever) took out all the well, and said to the rest, that they wanted no sick, that they might go to hell, and left the boy, captain and supercargo in the boat. The boy says, before they came to land, the captain being weak, and the boat under little command (all being sick) by a roll of the sea the captain fell overboard and was drowned. On the boat coming to shore, as above related, the supercargo died in a few hours after, and was buried, &c. &c.

N.B. The captain, a Mr. Mitchell, supercargo, Mr. Palmer. - Cargo rum and sugar.


May 8, 1799
The Pennsylvania Gazette


April 30.

Capt. Atkins, of the ship John Bulkley, on his passage from Philadelphia, on the 22d instant, being then to leeward of Cape Look-out, fell in with a number of pipes, half-pipes, quarter-casks, and half quarter casks of Malaga wine; a fresh gale blowing prevented Capt. Atkins from taking up more than six casks, containing about 15 gallons each; these casks are branded X P, joined, and A.P.


June 4, 1800
The Pennsylvania Gazette


Brig Jason, Webster, St. Kitts, 22 days. Left there the 4th inst. in company with 200 sail under convoy of the Prince of Wales, British man of war, bound to England. On the 5th instant, captain Webster fell in with a small boat with ten men on board, the crew of the Eliza and Adrane, captain Dwyer, from Wilmington, N.C. bound to Martinico, overset in a squall on the 9th inst. and being in company with the George and Patty Washington, captain John, from Barbadoes, bound to Alexandria, capt. Webster, rather short of provisions, put four of said crew on board capt. Johns with whom he separated company on the 17th, being then chased by an armed schooner, which he recognized a French privateer. Captain Dwyer, of the Eliza and Abrane, gives the following account of the loss of said vessel, the sufferings of himself and crew, viz.

That he sailed from the port of Wilmington, on the 28th of April last, and nothing extraordinary occurred till the 8th of May, being at that time in lat. 24, 26, N. long. 62, 11, about the hour of 3, P.M. the vessel was upset by a white squall, and every exertion made to right her to no effect; they then had recourse to the boat, but to their great misfortune discovered her to be chained to the Davids, the sea breaking entirely over them, and nothing but apparent death before their eyes, when by great exertion the boat was cleared and brought to the part of the vessel most out of water, and lay by in hopes that she might afford some kind of protection when the squall should blow over. The vessel drifting with the wind, there were no apparent hopes; at about 8 o’clock, A.M. the 9th, they came to a determination of trusting their lives in the boat, which was about 16 feet long, being 10 in number, with 2 dogs which they took in the boat to subsist on; that on the 11th, they being hungry and dry, making use of wine for water, they killed one of the dogs, and each man took his part of the same; having but one oar with a piece of sail in the boat, they directed their course as far south as the sea would allow them to steer, which often broke over the boat, which was relieved by using their hats and shoes to bale with. In this situation they remained for 5 days, when they were taken up by the brig Jason, Capt. Webster, bound for Baltimore, the brig George and Patty Washington being in company, very politely took on board 4 of the men, for which I return Capt. Johns many thanks.

(Signed) G. F. DWYER.                                                 

October 15, 1800
The Pennsylvania Gazette


Thursday arrived ship Mercury, Capt. Treadwell, in 24 days from St. Batholomews, under convoy of the Baltimore sloop of war. On the 15th Sept. Mr. J. Noyes, of Charlestown (Mass.) mariner, died, after 7 days illness. Sept. 17th, at 5, A.M. discovered a wreck to leeward, which proved to be the ship Hope, commanded by Elisha Dotte, of New-Bedford, from Wilmington, N.C. bound to Jamaica, who was dismasted and dismantled in a hurricane, and shortly after the sea forced out her ports, she immediately filled with water. Capt. Treadwell boarded her, and took off the Captain and crew, who were in a very feeble state, having been without provisions for ten days. On the 19th was boarded by a French privateer, who, finding the cargo of little value, and another sail heaving in sight, plundered us of several articles, and dismissed us.

October 22, 1800
The Pennsylvania Gazette

NEW BEDFORD, October 10

Loss of the Ship Hope.

Late evening arrived in town, Elihu Doty, late master of the ship Hope, of this port, by whom we learn the loss of that ship - the following particulars of which distressing event we hastily collected from his protest, made at Portsmouth.

The Hope sailed from Wilmington, N.C. on the 19th August, for Jamaica, laden with lumber and corn - on the 7th September, met with a severe gale of wind - on the 8th the gale increased, and the ship leaked so much, that notwithstanding the deck load was thrown over, and every exertion made at the pumps, at 11 o'clock P.M. the water came over the cabin floor - the wind at that time blowing so excessive hard, as to bring salt water over the vessel, so as to endanger smothering a man on deck, in addition to the rain which we supposed had been incessant and very hard for 24 hours, as it had been almost as dark at noon as at night, but the rain could not be distinguished from the drift of the sea, which flew over the mast-heads - it was now found necessary to cut away all three of the masts, to prevent the ship from upsetting - at 12 o'clock at night the ship was entirely filled with water and a high sea beating over her - John Bower, a seaman, was washed overboard and drowned - the rest of the crew, seven in number, secured themselves by lashings - at 4 o'clock, A.M. on the 9th, the gale, which for 30 hours had seemed continually to increase, abated a little, when it was found that three wax candles was every eatable thing that could be obtained, and no fresh water - found a drowned rat, and said it aside.

The distresses of the people from this time, till the 17th, are hardly to be described - on the 10th they eat part of the rat, also found a piece of pork - the 12th, obtained more meat, but their throats were too much parched to swallow - very hot weather for several days past, and wind light; from a shower in the evening caught a little water - 14th caught more water, and from the great temptation drank so much as to have very prejudicial effects - 15th, high sea, deck began to rip up - 16th, good weather - 17th, were taken off by ship Mercury, captain Jacob Treadwell, of Portsmouth, and arrived at that port on the 2d of October - The next day, Mark Lamb, one of the seamen, who had been sick from the 21st of September, died - Robert Collet, the second mate, had died previous to the gale.

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