Egg Harbor Light, NJ Sinking Of The POWHATTAN, Apr 1854


During the dreadful gale on the night of the 15th, the ship POWHATAN, bound from Havre to New York, was driven ashore on Long Beach, seven miles north of Egg Harbor Light, and went to pieces, not a vestige being left of the wreck. The whole of the passengers and crew (above Three Hundred in number) perished ! About 250 dead bodies had already washed ashore on Thursday, and more were constantly coming in.
The schr. Manhattan, of Bangor, Maine, was also wrecked in the same neighborhood, and all on board perished, save one of the crew.

The Adams Sentinel Gettysburg Pennsylvania



About thirty bodies in all have come ashore on Absecom Beach. Mrs. Burr took charge of the bodies of the females and children, and after washing them had them respectably interred. She has preserved such portions of their clothing as were marked, in the hope that it may some time lead to the recognition of the bodies of the unfortunate victims.
Not a vestige of the vessel has come ashore. A mattress was found on the Beach; it was stuffed with what is called seagrass and marked as follows:
"Schroder, No. 135, Passenger for New York via Hull."
Four or five bodies come ashore on Brigatine Beach, yesterday morning. Mr. and Mrs. Horner are reported to have picked up thirty bodies on Absecom Beach. Mr. Benjamin Turner, a resident of Brigatine Beach, thinks that altogether fifty and sixty bodies have been found there. He deserves much praise for the generous manner in which he attended to the requirements of the dead.
One of the women found was about 18 years of age, of handsome features, and apparently an American.
The clothing of another of the victims, about 20 years of age, showed her to belong to the wealthy class of Germans. She was a beautiful looking creature, even as she lay in death. On her fingers she wore two rings -- one plain and the other having a heart attached to it. They were marked "P.S." and "B.S.," 1854.
Among the bodies is a man who was apparently one of the officers of the vessel.
It is reported that there have been about forty bodies washed ashore on Long Beach.

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