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The Voyage of 'The HARRY' of Swansea surviving three hurricanes told by Phil Jones.


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Description A typescript of an account of a voyage on the sailing schooner HARRY of Swansea (83229), ‘told by’ Phil Jones of Swansea. The voyage took place in 1893 and written up in 1944 telling the story of surviving three hurricanes. The first they rode out at anchor, having been quarantined in the outer harbour of the Delaware (Jones relates how one vessel in the main harbour ended up in a cornfield). Next at Charleston they took on a cargo of barrels of resin and turpentine. Struck by a second hurricane, the ship was driven on top of the jetty they were loading from. One American brig got loose from its moorings and damaged several houses when it was driven onshore. Struck by a third hurricane mid-Atlantic, the HARRY is brought on her beams (lying on her starboard side), remaining in this state for 6 days, buoyed only by the cargo, barrels of turpentine, which helped to keep the ship afloat. The crew were able to survive, eating tins of bully beef and wet biscuits.
Date made 1944

Finding Reference JOD/338
Catalogue section Manuscript volumes acquired singly by the Museum
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials paper;
Extent 1 folder
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