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Capt Ebenezer Harding Linnell

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Capt Ebenezer Harding Linnell

Birth
Death 1 Feb 1864 (aged 53)
At Sea
Burial East Orleans, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 58122725 View Source
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Great Grandson Ralph Francis Atwood


Married Rebecca Crosby in 1835.
He built the home on Namskaket Road for her- It is now the Captain Linnell House

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By 1853 he had already distinguished himself in the cotton trade as Captain of the Cabinet and the Buena Vista. When the Eagle Wing was launched by James Curtis in his ship building yard at Medford, MA, he was promoted to the command of this ship. He took her out of Boston, MA on her maiden voyage on December 20, 1853 headed for San Francisco, CA and voyage of two years.
Just four days out of Boston he ran into a hurricane in the North Atlantic . Two men were washed overboard and only one could be saved. In spite of this beginning though, he reached San Francisco in 105 days, and from there headed for China in the Spring of 1854 and a consignment of tea for London. He left Foo Chow on 31 July 1854, survived a typhoon that nearly wrecked him again, and limped into the Thames in 113 days without a mizzen mast. His repair bill was high, but so was his profit. His consignment of 1308 tons of tea could be sold at eight pounds sterling a ton.
He left London on 17 April 1855 and arrived at Hong Kong 10 July after just 83 ½ days, a record at which later clipper ships were to shoot in vain. His return trip was to New York and that was accomplished in 86 days, another remarkable record. On this trip he passed both the Joshua Bates and the Romance of the Seas.
He had been away from home two years and two months. In his well earned vacation of nine months he invented an improvement on the top sail rig that was to increase performance of the clippers and was used by sixty-four vessels, including a number of Shivrick-built ships, soon after it was patented.
It was about 1860 that Captain Eben commissioned his father-in-law Edmund Crosby to build a French style villa on the site of the Cape Cod house that had been built for his bride Rebecca Crosby in 1835. The new home was to be a duplicate of a house he had seen in Marsailles in 1850 and was owned by his shipping agent.
In 1856 the Chases invited Captain Eben to take command of their new clipper, the Flying Mist. His voyages on this ship took him first to San Francisco, then to Valparaiso, Chile, then to Caldera, also on the coast of Chile. On this last leg he rescued all on board a yacht that was in distress and won the great devotion of the gentlemen who were rescued. From Chile he returned to the Chesapeake Bay on 23 Aug, thence to Singapore and Hong Kong and back to New York by way of Manila in time for Christmas, 1858 in Orleans.

On another tour he departed Hong Kong for San Francisco then picked up a load of guano from Baker's Island in the Pacific to be deposited in New York. For the next year he remained at home with his wife and three daughters in Orleans, MA.
On his next voyage on the Flying Mist he ran into unexpected difficulties. He had picked up the Flying Mist in London in February, 1862, took her to Glasgow and there loaded her with 1760 sheep and 18 shepherds to look after them. enroute for New Zealand. He made the trip in 81 days and picked up a pilot at Bluff Harbor. The ship dragged both anchors with which she was secured, rammed into a rock, and became a total loss. A subsequent investigation found no explanation for the disaster.
He returned to the command of the Eagle Wing in 1863 and on a trip to San Francisco in 1864 in a squall, he was caught in a bight of the spinnaker-boom while the sail was jibing and was dashed against the spokes of the wheel. Critically injured, he lived only a few days.


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