Friday, January 09, 2004

A few more items of possible interest. The "Dreadnought" was constructed in 1853. It was sponsered by several rich and powerful men (no mention of Mr. Spreckels though.) Captain S. Samuels oversaw the construction. It was among the fastest (but not the fastest) ships to run from Liverpool to New York. Captain Samuels did something new for the clipper ship industry. He was the first to get the bright idea to use newspaper advertisements for his ship. Hence, his was one of the most lucrative ships in the business at the time.
Friends said that Captain S. Samuels was a very funny and witty man. A joy to be around and a pleasure to work for.
The other major piece of information I found today was that the "Dreadnought" ran afoul of some rocks and sank in Cape Horn in 1869. So, one imagines that the Liverpool to New York run had been discontinued at that point and the ship was being used for different purposes. A Captain Mayhew was commander of the ship at the time. I have no idea what Captain Samuels was doing when this went on, but I mean to find out.

I also realize, after learning all of this, that I may have confused some of my dates before. The obituary I own may in fact be for Fredrick Samuels. It's possible that Samuel Samuels lived to be over 100, but not plausible. That also means that Samuel Samuels was the great grandfather of the man whose library I came into and Fredrick the grandfather. Also means that the Chinaman letter might be from Fredrick Samuels rather than Samuel Samuels. We already knew that Fredrick was the Spreckels connection. Also explains why John D. Spreckels didn't help fund the "Dreadnought." That would be hard to do when you're in cloth diapers.

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