Toronto, ON Steamer ROBERT LOWE Wreck, Nov 1872



TORONTO, Nov. 23 — The following particulars
have been received regarding the Anglo-American
cable steamer Robert Lowe from the surviving
officers: After connecting Lamanche and
Placentiatown by cable, the steamer left
the latter port at 4 P. M., on the 19th,
bound for St. Johns. At 4 A. M., on the 20th
the weather thick and the wind high, the ship struck
heavily near St. Shotts, and in a very few minutes
filled and settled down so fast that it was impossible
to get the life-boats afloat. Three other boats,
containing twenty-three people, succeeded In
getting clear of the wreck, and remained
by it till daylight. Capt. Tidmarsh
was on the bridge at the time of the disaster,
perfectly cool, and took in the whole situation
at a glance. He ordered the boats to be cleared
away, and proved by sticking to his vessel to the
Five minutes after striking the sloop's poop was
underwater. Mr. McKenden, of the Heart's Content
staff, and Day, the second steward, were
drowned in the cabin. The rest were swept off the
decks by heavy seas, which, in a few hours, reduced
the ship to atoms. On Friday, five bodies were
picked up and buried. The following are the names
of the lost:
J. Tedmarch, Commander; F. Powlain, Chief Engineer
J. Pargcnt, Third Engineer; Pugh, Fourth
Engineer; Unblock, Engineers' Storekeeper; Mclntyre,
carpenter; Quartermasters, Young, Slackwards,
"Warren, and Anderson; able seaman. Wagstaff;
Day, second, and Benares, third Steward;
Gales, chief cook; Doolin and Gallagher, firemen;
McKenden, electrician, and G. P. Wilkins.
Saved—Chief Officer Donton, Second Officer Hawson,
Second Engineer Stafford, Boatswain Collins.
Storekeeher Richardson, Qoarter-mosters Robinson,
Payne, Cbauncey Williams, Burton, and Hooston ;
Able Seamen Sullivan, Reid, Cunningham, Dickenson,
Welch, and Biggins; Fireman Lowden, Chief
Steward Jacklin ; a boy; the butcher, and Miller, a

Nov. 24, 1872 issue of The New York Times