New York Daily Tribune

May 17,1853



With over 200 Persons on Board

The ship William and Mary, (of Bath, Me.) Capt Stetson, sailed from Liverpool on the 24th March, with 208 passengers, bound to New Orleans, was totally lost on the morning of the 3d inst., the Great Isaacs bearing W.N.W, together with 202 of the passengers.

Capt. Stetson, the mate, second mate, and six of the crew were picked up on the 3d inst. in latitude 27 30, longitude 79 90, by the brig Reuben Carver, from Sagua la Grand, which arrived at this port this forenoon.

Capt. Stetson gives the following particulars of the disaster:

At 7 A.M. 3d May, strong breezes and from S.E. and cloudy, passed the Hole-in-the-Wall at 12 Mer Stirrup Key here South, 10 miles distant, after which the weather became thicker and wind increased, with a heavy sea. At sunset saw nothing of the Keys, suppossed we were well to the northward, after steering W by N from 12 Mer.

At 8 P.M.,judging ourselves to the Northward and Westward of Great Isaacs, kept the ship W. by S., and commenced heaving the lead. At 8 found no bottom in 20 fathoms; at 8.15 the same; at 8.30 struck on a sunken rock and hung about midships, with ten fathoms water all around.

After grounding heavily about 15 minutes, she went off and struck on another rock, within a few rods of the last, when she pounded a few times and went off. We then let go the anchors, and commenced getting out the boats--the passengers at the pumps but could not keep her free. At midnight, found 4 feet water in the hold. At 4 A.M.,weather black and squally, with a heavy sea, 8 feet water in the hold, both pumps going ; 7 A.M., 10 feet water, and the ship going down, mates and crew in the boats, together with as many passengers as could be stowed in the long boat and life boat, the other two boats having been stoven after launching ; at 8 A.M., left her, and in a few minutes she went down, the Great Isaacs bearing E. S. E , 7 miles distant. After leaving the ship some hours, saw a bark apparently bound to Europe ; hove to in the direction of the long boat and life boat, and supposed she was engaged in picking them up.

The W. and M. left Liverpool with 208 passengers, including their cook and steward, who nearly all went down in the vessel, together with two of the seaman and the ship's steward, names unknown.

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