San Francisco, CA Steamship RIO DE JANEIRO Sinking, Feb 1901
CRASHED ON HIDDEN ROCK.
TERRIBLE DISASTER TO THE STEAMSHIP RIO DE JANEIRO OFF GOLDEN GATE.
STRUCK SUNKEN LEDGE IN A FOG.
VESSEL GOES DOWN WITHIN FIFTEEN MINUTES OF THE ACCIDENT AMID THE WILDEST SCENES OF PANIC AND CONFUSION IMAGINABLE.
ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY LIVES LOST.
CONSUL GENERAL WILDMAN AND THE CAPTAIN AMONG THE MISSING -- HEROIC EFFORTS OF THE OFFICERS TO SAVE LIFE --
THE STATEMENT OF A SURVIVOR.
San Francisco, Feb. 22. -- The Pacific mail steamer Rio de Janeiro ran on a hidden rock while entering the Golden Gate early this morning in a dense fog. She sank a few minutes after striking. It is thought nearly 150 persons were drowned, but it is impossible to ascertain the exact number, owing to the fact that Purser JOHN ROONEY, who had the passenger list and the roster of the crew, is among the missing.
At 5 o'clock this afternoon ten bodies had been recovered -- two white women, one white man and seven Chinese. The most prominent passenger on the steamer was ROUNSEVILLE WILDMAN, United States counsul at Hong Kong, who was accompanied by his wife and two children. It is thought all were drowned. The ship was in command of Pilot FREDERICK JORDAN when she struck and he has been rescued. Captain WM. WARD went down with the vessel.
As nearly as can be learned, there were 234 people on board the Rio de Janeiro, as follows:
Cabin passengers, 29.
Second cabin, 7.
Steerage, (Chinese and Japanese), 53.
Officers and crew, 140.
The following have been accounted for:
Rescued, 79; bodies at morgue, 10; total, 89.
The following is the cabin passenger list, almost complete:
Consul General ROUNSEVILLE WILDMAN.
MRS. WILDMAN, two children and nurse from Hong Kong.
MR. and MRS. WAKEFIELD, Honolulu.
JAMES K. CARPENTER, mining engineer, Oakland, California.
MISS ROWENA JEHU, Honolulu.
WILLIAM GRANDER, London.
______ MATTHESON, England.
Captain HECHT, German navy.
Captain HOLZ, Shanghai.
______ DOWDELL, Shanghai.
J. F. SEYMOUR, editor American, Manila.
MRS. K. WEST, San Francisco.
RUSSELL HARPER, journalist, Nagasaki.
MR. and MRS. HART, Manila.
MISS GABRIEL HOEROU.
DR. DODD, Butte.
Attorney HENSHAW, Butte.
MR. and MRS. WOODWORTH.
DR. OKAWHARA, Japan.
The following are missing:
ROUNSEVILLE WILDMAN, wife, two children and nurse.
MRS. K. WEST.
J. F. SEYMOUR.
H. C. MATTHESON.
MRS. and MISS WAKEFIELD.
MISS ROWENA JEHU
O. H. HENSHAW.
MR. and MRS. WOODWORTH.
WILLIAM BRANDER, London.
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