Jacksonville, FL Steamer LODONA Wreck in Hurricane, Aug 1871
The mess-boy was picked up yesterday, who brought new of the wreck. The survivors are the captain's son, first and second mates, the chief engineer, first assistant engineer, a fireman, four sailors, the head cook and the mess-boy.
The vessel was valued at $100,000 and her cargo at $200,000.
She was commanded by Captain H. HOVEY, who was born an resided at Essex, Connecticut, in the homestead possessed by his family for the past century. Early in life he adopted the profession of mariner, and soon rose to command. As master of the ship Amazon, one of a famous line of packets plying between New York and London, he acquired high reputation as a skillful seaman and courageous gentleman. He leaves a wife, two sons and five daughters.
The purser, MORGAN, who was also among the lost, also hailed from Essex, Conn., and like him leaves a family. Among the passengers was one lady, MRS. CAROLINE CONWAY, and there would seem to be but little chance of her being among the survivors, since the names of all these latter are given. There are as yet no particulars of the wreck beyond those in the short dispatch, but it is evident that even those who escaped must have undergone terrible sufferings, as they must have been at least three days at sea, or possibly shivering and starving along the bleak shores of the inhospitable coast. It is but two weeks since she sailed from pier 21 East River to brave and perish in the tornado, the full story of whose catastrophies[sic] will it is to be feared, reach a startling figure.
The New York Herald New York 1871-08-26