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Ship "The John Taylor" wrecked against breakers of Cuban Shore 1839

Ship "The John Taylor" wrecked against breakers of Cuban Shore 1839

Posted: 1029913499000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Spencer, Taylor
Ship most likely from Liverpool to New Orleans losts its mast in a storm in 1839...was driven against the breakers of the Cuban Shores.

One shipmate was lost during the storm. The passengers survived on shellfish and mahogany berries until a passing vessel rescued them 71 days later...transporting them to New Orleans.

The family of William Spencer was on board. One family record suggests that it was the ship, The John Taylor, that broke up on the Cuban shores. Another record suggests it was The John Taylor that was the passing and rescuing vessel.

Would be interested on any history regarding this voyage. The family was from Lancashire, England. Their eventual destination was to be St. Louis. Due to the location of the wreckage it is only my assumption that it was a ship from Liverpool to New Orleans. Their may have been other ports of departure or intended arrival, especially if it was caught in a storm.

John E. Spencer
508 Larkin Street, # 506
San Francisco, CA 94102

Re: Ship "The John Taylor" wrecked against breakers of Cuban Shore 1839

Posted: 1346151080000
Classification: Query
Hi John

Not sure if you are still around or haven't found out all you need to know since. However, I too have been puzzling over this voyage for a while, as my husband's ancestor John Bracewell named the vessel he sailed on from Liverpool on 5 August as "John Taylor" and was reported saying it was in 1840:

We thought he had made a mistake about the year, as we knew he was still on the UK census in 1841.

Finally found confirmation of the dates in report of a legal case to determine who should be paid for salvage work:

and an entry in the Sheffield Local Register for October 1841:
— 19. Shipwreck on Cape St. Antonio, Cuba, of the John Taylor emigrant ship, from Liverpool to New Orleans, with about 200 emigrants, and near 60 of them from Sheffield.
All saved but one young man.

Do these scraps help confirm your family story?


Anne Harley

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