Buzzards Bay, MA Yacht Mystery Wreck, Aug 1883 - Searching for the Mystery



Mr. George H. Sargent, of the firm of Sargent & Co., at No. 37 Chambers-street, left New-Haven, Conn., yesterday, in a steam launch to cruise along the Connecticut and Massachusetts coast, making a thorough search for any trace of the missing sloop-yacht Mystery. He was accompanied by a volunteer crew of friends. The Mystery left New-Haven Aug. 10 for Nantucket, expecting to make the run in three days. Her passengers were Leicester Sergent, of New-Haven, and Rupert Sergent, of this City, sons of George H. Sergent, of this City; Robert H. Hawkins, of the New-Haven Ruffle Company, and a Mr. Bartlett, of this City, whose Christian name is not known at the office of Sergeant & Co., of this City. the young men were all between 20 and 26 years of age, and were expert yachtsmen and swimmers. Nothing had yet been heard of the Mystery of her crew, all of whom it is feared went down with her during one of the severe storms which prevailed about that time.

The missing Mystery is a sloop-rigged centre-board yacht, 26 feet 6 inches in length over all, 11 feet in breadth, 3 feet 6 inches deep, and with a draught of 3 feet. She was built by J. B. Herreshoff, of Bristol, R. I., and was owned by F. H. Baldwin, of New-Haven. She belonged to the New-Haven Yacht Club's fleet, and was one of its fastest vessels.

The New York Times, New York, NY 23 Aug 1883