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Capt Josiah Richardson

Capt Josiah Richardson

Birth
Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 30 Dec 1853 (aged 45)
At Sea
Burial Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 111810709 · View Source
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From the "Weekly Herald," (New York, NY), 7 Jan 1854:
Total Loss of the Boston Packet Ship "Staffordshire."
From the Boston Times, [Jan. 4]
We have received from Halifax intelligence of a most painful character.
The fine packet ship Staffordshire, Captain Richardson, has been lost, with nearly all on board.
The Staffordshire left Liverpool Dec. 9, for Boston, and struck on Blond Rock, off Cape Sable, south of Seal Island, on Friday morning, Dec. 30, at ten o'clock.
One first and second mates and seventeen seamen reached Cape Sable.
The third mate, boatswain, and twelve others, were picked up and landed at Shelburne, N. S.
The Staffordshire was a fine ship of 1817 tons, built by Donald McKay, at East Boston, and was owned by Messrs. Enoch Train & Co. She is fully insured in this city.
The passengers lost were emigrants. There were no cabin passengers on board.
Below is a full and correct list of the passengers of the Staffordshire, as forwarded to the Messrs. Train & Co., from Liverpool, with the age of each....
The whole number of passengers on board the Staffordshire was 143, all steerage, and all Irish...

By a private telegraphic despatch from the United States Consul at Halifax, R. W. Frazer, we are led to believe that Capt. Josiah Richardson, the commander of the Staffordshire, is lost.
He was a man about 48 years old, and leaves a wife and four children, residing in the town of Shrewsbury, in this State.
Capt. Richardson, having accumulated a large fortune, decided the last time he was at home to remain, and not make another voyage, but being urged, he consented, remarking that no man except Mr. Train could induce him to go to sea again.
He had large offers from other houses to induce him to engage in the California trade, but they were of no avail.
He was formerly commander and part owner of the packet ship Townsend.
"A better man never walked a deck," is the universal remark of all his personal acquaintances whom we have heard conversing on the subject of his probable loss, and the number is many....

Captain Richardson and all the rest on board went down in the ship.


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  • Added: 4 Jun 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 111810709
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Josiah Richardson (2 Sep 1808–30 Dec 1853), Find A Grave Memorial no. 111810709, citing Worcester Rural Cemetery, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by DaurRegt (contributor 47891223) .