Wednesday, April 24, 2013

15817. Andrew Fuller Collamore

I stopped into a small burial ground near my work, the Union Cemetery at Assinippi in Norwell, another one of those places I've always wanted to visit (you know, like Disney World). I finally found the right time to do so.

Almost instantly I ran into another tragedy involving a ship. It was becoming a theme for we coast dwellers of Massachusetts.

The majestic steamer Atlantic - the first to introduce gas lighting for its passengers - had traveled from Boston to New London, and was on its way to New York City from that latter place when catastrophe struck on the night of November 27, 1846. With a heavy gale blowing, the ship lost power after a boiler explosion. The captain attempted to throw out his anchors, but the seas became so rough that they were useless. Near Fisher's Island, a geological extension of the North Fork of New York's Long Island, the Atlantic ran afoul of rocks and began to break apart. Some of the people aboard waited out the final moments as bravely as they could, while others dove into the turbulence below, believing they could swim their way to safety. Between 40 and 50 people perished as the ship sank, Collamore among them. Nathaniel Currier, of Currier & Ives, created a lithograph depiction of the event.

My fingers are crossed that this is not the theme my loved ones will be using when I go. I shudder at the thought of what poor Andrew went through.

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