FAITHFUL STEWARD ~ HMS Ship ~ 3 masts ~ GTon 350 ~ Length 150 ft. Built UK? 178?
Registered UK Stranded, wrecked in storm 1785-09-02 ~ Rehobeta Beach, Monhoba Bank, Indian
River inlets, Cape Henlopen, DE. From: Londonderry To: Philadelphia with gold? and
passengers. Captain: Conl. McCausland ~ Lost: 181/249+?? Notes: poss. 1 September ~
Merchantman ~ poss. Capt. Wlm. McCasland ~ Lost: 200/270-360 ~ departed May 20th or July
9th via Newcastle UK. References: newspaper The Daily Universal Register of London UK ~
1785-11-24; Maryland Gazette; Encyclopedia of American Shipwrecks by Bruce D. Berman 1972
(number of errors); Notebook on Shipwrecks, Maryland and Delaware Coast by H. Richard
Moale 1990; Shipwrecks in the Americas by Robert F. Marx 1971/75/87 - [Posted to The
ShipsList by Sue Swiggum - 27 May 1998]
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The Daily Universal Register of London,
A private letter received yesterday from New York dated September 17, gives the following account of the unfortunate disaster which befel the ship Faithful Steward, Connoly M'Casland, Master, from Londonderry, bound to Philadelphia. "On the 9th day of July last, said vessel sailed from Londonderry, having on board 249 passengers of respectability, who had with them property to a very considerable anount. They had a very favourable passage, during which nothing of moment occurred, the greatest harmony having prevailed amongst them, until the night of Thursday the 1st instant, when at the hour of ten o'clock it was thought advisable to try for soundings, and to their great surprise found themselves in four fathoms water. On the second instant they ran aground on Mohoba where they beat to pieces and all on board, except 68 persons perished."
About the same time a French brig from Ostend, bound to the same port, foundered in sight of the above ship, but the crew taking to their boats were saved. We have not learned her name or any other particulars.
The Daily Universal
Register of London,
"On the 9th day of July
last we sailed from Londonderry, having 249 passengers of respectability,
who had with them property to a considerable amount.