Hope all is well. I'm a Washington Post journalist and author working on a book about a shipping disaster in 1856 in the North Atlantic and the sole survivor, Thomas W. Nye. The ship was owned by NY-based company, Howland & Ridgeway. I believe the Howland is Capt. Williams Howland, who was living in Brooklyn at the time. Please drop me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org
when you have a chance and we can compare notes.
Many thanks, Brian Murphy