The Loss of the Brig Philomela

By Cdr Brian Wainwright, published February 1992


An account of the loss in 1848 of the brig Philomela of Workington, 237 tons register owned by Messrs Peile & Co, as derived from a diary kept by one of her crew Robert Thom (1825-1911). After abandoning her Mid-Atlantic on her return voyage from Montevideo, on account of an outbreak of fire in her cargo of wool, the crew of 15 men took to her jollyboat and sailing downwind to the West were fortunate to safely make land some fourteen days later at the mouth of the Surinam River.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Caribbean | Shipwrecks | Other (location)
Subjects include: Biography | Merchant Marines | Ship Handling & Seamanship

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