New York Daily Tribune

June 19,1853


The intelligence which we published yesterday morning of the rescue of the passengers of the ship William & Mary, which, on the authority of Captain Stinson and several of the crew who arrived at this port some days ago, were stated to have found a watery grave by the sinking of that vessel, discloses an act of cowardice and heartless recreancy of duty on the part of the officers and crew of that ship, and of the master especially, which demands the scorching indignation of the public, and the condign punishment, if they can be reached, of the offenders. It now seems that the craven wretches who commanded and navigated that vessel, at the first suggestion of danger, instead of exerting themselves to save the helpless passengers in their charge, seized upon the only means of escape, the ship's boats, and rushed for the land which they reached in safety. As the story was told by these men on their arrival in this city, it was bad enough, and sufficient to call down severe censure upon their heads. But this story was that they only left the ship at the moment of her sinking, and when further effort was totally unavailing. The truth now seems to be that the desertion of the ship and passengers was at the beginning of difficulty, and when everything was to be done, to prevent the water from gaining in the hold, to make signals for ?????, and to manage the ship so as to aid in the final safety of the passengers. But the whole two hundred and eight souls were mercilessly left to their fate, and their despair and helplessness rendered perfect by the desertion of those who alone seemed competent to save the freight of living beings...

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