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
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