Wreck of the Henry James

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Wreck of the Henry James

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Brief mention of the British barque Henry James, which was wrecked on an unidentified reef near Palmyra, and whose survivors lived 6 weeks on Palmyra.

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Newspapers.com

Publisher

Sydney Morning Herald

Date

June 11, 1888

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Public Domain

Format

Newspaper

Language

English

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THE WRECK OF THE HENRY
JAMES.
ALL HANDS SAVED. THE CASTAWAYS SIX WEEKS ON PALMYRA ISLAND. RESCUED BY THE R.M.S. MARIPOSA.
[By Cable.]
(From our Correspondent.)
LONDON, JUNE 10.

Intelligence has been received at San Francisco of the wreck of the barque Henry James, 945 tons, Captain Latimore, bound from Newcastle to San Francisco with coal. The vessel struck on a rock, not marked on the chart, near Palmyra Island, and became a total wreck. The passengers and crew took to the boats, and landed on Palmyra Island. Five sailors proceeded in a boat to Samoa. The R.M.S. Mariposa, bound from Auckland to San Francisco, rescued the remainder of the party, and landed them at Honolulu. The castaways lived for six weeks on Palmyra Island, during which time they subsisted on coconuts and fish. They were all landed at Honolulu in good health.

[The above intelligence has been partly anticipated by the R.M.S. Zealandia, which arrived in Sydney from San Francisco on May 30. From the account which came to hand by the Zealandia it appeared that the Henry James was wrecked ou April 19, on Thorndyke Reef, 35 miles from Palmyra Island. The crew and passengers, 80 in all, reached the island safely, They found it uninhabited. The mate and four sailors left in a boat to get assistance, and after 19 days they reached Apia in a very exhausted condition. They stated that those on the island were very weak, having nothing to eat but coconuts. Among them were four children and two women. A schooner was chartered at Apia and sent to their assistance, but had not returned when the mailboat left. It will now be seen from the above cablegram that the remainder of the party on the island were rescued by the Mariposa, and landed at Honolulu.]

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“Wreck of the Henry James,” Palmyra Archive, accessed September 24, 2017, http://palmyraarchive.org/items/show/137.

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