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De Wolf (Mrs. Captain S.I.) Account of Brother Jonathan Shipwreck
C057901  
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Description
This file contains one photocopy of a hand written 13 page manuscript created by Mrs. Capt. S.I. De Wolf, on May 25, 1892, at Fulton, Sonoma County, California. It consists of "An account of the loss of the Steamship Brother Jonathan." The last page of the manuscript begins, ""My Dear Friends...", and goes on to note, "Written for the benefit of the surviving members & relatives of Passengers, & crew, on board the ill fated Steamer Brother Jonathan".
Background
This file contains one photocopy of a hand written 13 page manuscript created by Mrs. Capt. L.J. De Wolf and consists of "An account of the loss of the Steamship Brother Jonathan." Little is known about Mrs. De Wolf, but her husband was a native of Nova Scotia and died on July 30, 1865, when the Brother Jonathan sank, at the age of 42. At 16, he shipped on to a small coasting vessel running on the coast of New England. He then engaged in the New York and European trade sailing 16 consecutive voyages across the Atlantic, and other parts of the world. In 1849, he sailed from New York on the ship "Oxnard", as her First Officer, bound for California, arriving there on Nov. 22, 1849. He remained on the west coast afterwards, and was a member of The Society of California Pioneers. He was part owner and Commander of the Brig "Fremont". He was also then employed by the California Steam Navigation Company for 12 years, and was so at the time of his death. (Information taken from the Society's Biographical File, which includes a two page letter written by Captain S.I. De Wolf's wife.)
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1 folder 1 Folder (1 copy of a handwritten manuscript)