Puerto Rico Hurricane, Sept 1876


WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 — The United States
Consul at St. Juan, Porto Rico, reports to the State
Department that the Island was visited on the
morning of Thursday, inst. by a very violent hurricane,
commencing at 4 A. M. and lasting until
meridian of the same day. The Consul writes that
communication with the interior and south part of
the Island la interrupted, the telegraph poles having
been blown down, rivers swollen, and
bridges carried away, so that no information
as soon received nor can any calculation be formed with
regard to the disaster and amount of damages that must
have been caused in other parts of the province by
the hurricane. At this port, the American schooner
William J. Byrne, of Philadelphia, was driven
ashore. A survey was held on
her, and she was reported a total wreck. Some
eight coasting schooners and boats here were also
stranded, and a number of lives lost. The capital
has also suffered, and in the surounding district,
so far as has been heard from, there is hardly a
house standing. With the rise of the rivers and
the hurricanes, rice and coffee estates are
all ruined tor the coming crop.
From tho consular agencica he saving: "I have only
beard from Arecibo and Naguaho. At Arecibo,
there was fortunately no American vessel, but in
that port to Agnadia, the coast is strewn with
wrecks. No American vessel is known to be among
them. At Nairuabo, though, the American brig Valencia, of
Boston, was driven ashore about 9 A.M. and became
a total wreck, The crew were all aboard. And near
the port of Yubacoa, District of Nagnabo, the American
brig Georgo Laittier was swamped and also became
a total wreck. All hands wore aboard.
Mr. Haddock's Connalar, agent at Naugabo, writes
that the hurricane has done great damage in his
district, and from Yubacoa to Fajardo there is not
one estate or building that has not suffered. I
have hopes, he says, that the southern parts of the
island may not have experienced the hurricane
with the force that the north parts have suffered,
and trust I may not have to report the loss of any
American vessels. I am obligated to make
this dispatch hurriedly, as our only communication
with the United States at this time being via Havana,
and the steamer leaves this morning. There
will be no other opportunity, not even by sailing
vessel, for two weeks. The crews of the wrecked
American vessel will be cared for and sent home
as soon as possible.

Oct. 1, 1876 edition of The New York Times