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Accounts of the Wreck of the S. S. Ville
.25 linear feet (1 box)
This collection contains nine
accounts of the shipwreck of the S. S. Ville du Havre copied from various letters
Scope and Content Note
This collection contains nine accounts of the shipwreck of the S. S. Ville du Havre copied from various letters and
publications. The first six folders contain chapters from Personal Recollections of the Wreck of the Ville du Havre and the Loch
Earn by N. Weiss, delegate to the Evangelical Alliance Conference in
1873, translated from the French. The book was published in 1875 by Anson D. F.
Randolph & Company, New York. Chapter II is missing. Folder 7 contains an
account by Mary Adams Bulkley published by James A. Anderson. Reminiscences: The Merchant Marine by W. W. Urquhart in folder 12 was
published in the 1890s by Knickerbocker Press in New York. The remaining accounts
were published in newspapers or copied from letters. Each folder contains an
original typescript and a copy, none of which are dated.
S. S. Ville du Havre was a
French iron steamship that operated round trips between the northern coast of France
and New York. In the early hours of 22 November 1873, Ville du
Havre collided with the Scottish three-masted iron clipper, Loch Earn and sank in 12 minutes with the loss of 226
lives. Only 61 passengers and 26 crew members survived, rescued by Loch Earn and subsequently, an American vessel, the Trimountain, and taken to Cardiff, Wales.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons,
or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Urquhart, William (Ship captain)
Ville du Havre (Steamship)
Restrictions on Access
This collection is open for research use.
Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in
writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex
Accounts of the Wreck of the S. S. Ville Du Havre, MH 226, Phillips Library, Peabody
Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.
The provenance of this material is unknown.
Collection processed by Tamara Gaydos, November 2016.