Contemporary Boston newspaper accounts
checked: October 28, 1865, through November 10, 1865
Steamer Republic Wrecked
“Charleston, Oct. 28 – The steamer Republic, which left New York for New Orleans on the 18th inst., was wrecked off the coast of Georgia on Wednesday last. Four boats and one raft put off from the ship. One of the boats arrived at Charleston to-day. This boat contained Capt. S. Young, Engineer G.W. Demfee, Purser W.H. Moorehead, S.W. Whitman, J.R. Malby, Mrs. J.H. White and child, Mrs. L.D. Delyske and two children, E. Pattee, J. McLaughlin, S.L. Lyons, steward, also seamen John Huinn, Thos. Smith, B. Leary and James Corcoran. The other boats and raft have not been heard of. The survivors will take passage on the Quaker City for New York to-morrow.”
Source: “Boston Post”, October 30, 1865, Volume 47, #103, p. 2, c. 2
The Wrecked Steamer Republic
“Capt. Hawthorne, who commanded one of the boats of the steamer Republic, states that he was assured by the sailors that the persons placed on the raft were nearly all, if not all, firemen and deck hands. When the Republic went down there were only two persons on board – one an elderly sea captain, and the other a German sailor. Had these two had presence of mind enough to make an effort they would doubtless have been saved.
A report was current at Hilton Head, when Capt. Hawthorne left, that another boat had arrived at Charleston, and also another one at Savannah. Capt. Hawthorne picked up seven persons from a portion of the wreck after the steamer went down. It is generally believed that Lieut. Caziarc, of Boston, was among those who took refuge in the second mate’s boat. The Lieutenant was indefatigable in his exertions to rescue his fellow-passengers. Captain Hawthorne was peculiarly fortunate in saving himself and family; but he lost everything else except the clothes he wore.
The steamer Empire City, from Port Royal 31st, has arrived. She reports the arrival there on the 30th ult. of the steamers Edward Everett and General Barnes. They would sail on the 31st for Morehead city. Among the passengers in the Empire City are eight of the crew and two of the passengers of the lost steamship Republic, viz.: Passengers – Capt. W.F. Ryer, of the 20th New York battery, and Mrs. C. Connery; crew – Edward Ryan, 2nd mate, P. Fleming, Charles Collins and N. Nash; firemen – J. Quinn and J. Collins; seamen – J. Willis and P. Maloney. Capt. Ryer reports that he left the vessel with ten others above named in the captain’s gig, a small four-oared boat, in company with three other larger boats. They became seperated in the night. At times the boat was full of water. They remained for four nights and three days without food or water, at the mercy of the waves. Their sufferings were terrible, and they were about giving up all hope when a sail hove in sight, and they were soon picked up by the schooner Harper, Captain Coombes, from Busksport, Me., and taken to Hilton Head. Though exhausted and much swollen when rescued, owing to the careful attention received on the schooner they are now doing well.
The Savannah Herald of the 31st ult. reports the arrival of the barkentine Horace Beals with a boat from the steamer Republic, picked up on the 26th ult., 20 miles east of Hunting Island, containing the following persons on board:
S.E. Young, chief officer of the Republic. Passengers: Col. William Nichols, Major R.S. Nichols, John E. Harloe, 1st Lieut. Louis V. Caziara, Capt. Geo. W. McNear, Chas. H. McNear, Horace D. Ellsworth, Ferdinand Muller, John C. Potter, George Long; James Cavana, fireman, and John Maney, coal-passer. They were in the lifeboat fifty hours without food or water. A demijohn of water placed on board was broken by accident. They had lost all their clothing and valuables and were nearly naked.
Source: “Boston Post”, November 4, 1865, Volume 47, #108, p. 2, c. 2
Overview by Spence: discovery of the Republic
Spence’s research: Contemporary Savannah
Spence’s research: Contemporary Boston
Spence’s research: Contemporary Charleston
Spence’s research: Contemporary New York
Spence’s research: Shipping money to New Orleans
Spence’s research: Surveys & Insurance Records
Spence’s research: American Lloyd’s Classification
Spence’s research: Mariner’s Museum Records
Spence’s research: Official documents
Spence’s research: Navy’s search & rescue efforts
Spence’s research: Vessel logs re Republic
Spence’s research: Civil War records re vessel
IMPORTANT: This is just part of the extensive research that was prepared by shipwrecks expert Dr. E. Lee Spence on the Republic and was provided to Seahawk Deep Ocean Technology Inc. by Dr. Spence under a signed confidentiality/non-circumvention agreement. Spence’s research, which had been clearly marked as both confidential and proprietary was later transferred to Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc. without Spence’s prior knowledge and/or authorization, well prior to the expiration of said agreement.
Note by ELS: I am still entering copies of my research on the wreck of the Republic, so be sure to check back.