The cast of characters
- William and Mary
was a 513 ton sailing ship launched in 1852 from the Harward shipyard in Bowdoinham Maine.
She sailed from Liverpool, England on March 22, 1853 with a cargo of railroad iron and 208 irish and dutch emigrants bound for New Orleans. Her captain was Thomas Stinson of Bowdoinham.
- John Harward
owned the Harward shipyard and the William and Mary.
- Sjoerd Bekins born 2/26/1830 in Nieuwediik, Vreisland Netherlands,
died 2/9/1907 in Michigan USA.
- Capt. Thomas Stinson of Bowdoinham Maine, was the son of a sea captain, as
was his brother.
- Capt. Robert Sands was the captain of the bahamian salvage schooner Oracle.
- Samuel B. Welsh was the first mate of the Willliam and Mary.
- ....the story begins