New York, NY Steamboat SEAWANHAKA Disaster, Jun 1880
The body found at College Point was that of a boy, 10 years of age, of light complexion, and dressed in a flannel waist, dark trousers, and blue stockings. He was discovered floating off Stoibell's Dock yesterday afternoon, by the employes[sic] of this rubber factory. The hair was gone from the top of head, and the face was bruised. An inquest is to be held to-day. Of the four mentioned, three were not even reported as missing until yesterday. A telegram from Flushing says that the body of Edward Westcott, of Manhassett, was found on the wreck during the afternoon burned to a crisp. It is not true that such a body was found on the wreck, and the entire story is consequently probably incorrect. The body reported as having been taken to Whitestone on Monday night by a woman who claimed it as that of her brother-in-law, is all that remains of Edward T. Watson, of that place.
Aside from the Westcott body, these make a total of 27 corpses thus far recovered. Twenty-six have been identified and 25 have been removed to their late homes by their friends for burial. The only one remaining in the Morgue is that of Augusta Reynan, whose relatives are to poor to bury her. The unknown woman, mentioned yesterday, was recognized as Margaret Moloney, of Williamsburg. Additional inquiries made yesterday at the Morgue swell the list of missing to 32, and two of the victims remaining on Ward's Island will not, the doctors fear, survive their injuries. This makes a probable total of 61 deaths as incident to the disaster, with possibly more to hear from. There are only four victims remaining on Randall's Island, and only one on Ward's Island. The last is a baby sister of Katie Rauscher, previously mentioned as having died on the Island. She will probably recovered. The others are Capt. Smith, who is doing well; Miss Lillie Diller, who will also recover; Miss Margaret Wylie, who was suffering from phthisis before the accident, and who was so badly injured that the physicians have given up hope of saving her, and Mrs. Meyer, who will also probably die. Thomas S. Moore, Alfred Waldron, and Mrs. Robert Carpenter and her two children, of Jersey City, who have heretofore been reported missing, have turned up safe. The escape of the Carpenter family is worth relating. Mrs. Carpenter intended to go to Sea Cliff on the Seawnahaka on Monday afternoon and had sent her son, William, to this City early in the day to secure tickets. When she and her little daughter, Ethel, arrived at Peck-slip, the boat was about to start. William, who was to have accompanied his mother; jumped on board, but when he turned around and found that the gang-plank had been removed and that Mrs. Carpenter and her baby were still on the dock, he sprang back upon the pier and rejoined her. The party then proceeded to Thirty-third-street by the elevated railroad, intending to board the boat at that landing, but they were too late by a few seconds. They then went to their destination by train.
The scene at the wreck yesterday was a relief from that of the previous day. A Policeboat containing two officers of the harbor force lay alongside, and the swarm of ill-favored pirates who were tearing the wreck to pieces and fighting among themselves over the spoils, had disappeared. Three of these fellows were arrested during the day at the instance of the men employed by the company to guard the wreck on Tuesday. On that day, in the absence of the Police, they stole copper and brass openly, in full view of the helpless guards, and when these protested threatened to murder them. Yesterday the wreck at various times and being recognized were immediately apprehended and put upon the Police boat which lay at the Ward's Island wharf. Dr. Howard, Medical Superintendent of Randall's Island, says that the noise and fighting of these scoundrels over the spoils on Monday night were such that he held himself in readiness to return to the marsh, expecting that his services as a medical man would be needed every minute. The smoke-stacks fell over to the starboard during Tuesday night, but otherwise the appearance of the wreck itself was unaltered. The charred body of the horse which was on her on the night of the disaster floated alongside, having apparently been uninfluenced by the tides. No examination has yet been made of the interior of the boilers, but outwardly they show no indication of injury except from fire. Two men in a row-boat were tirelessly grappling around the wreck at the afternoon for more bodies, but their efforts were not rewarded with success.. They were employed by the Commissioners of Charities and Correction, who have been at the island almost night and day since the disaster, superintending the care of the injured and the recovery of the dead.
On the night of the disaster the Randall Island physicians collected on the meadows [illegible] number of sachels, umbrellas, valises, and other property dropped by the passengers. Yesterday a man called at the Island and wanted to know whether they had his valise. From the description Capt. Kerr did not think so, and so informed him. Heat once simulated violent rage and fiercely threatened to get satisfaction. After a search the valise was found. It contained a chemise, a comb and brush, and a pair of stockings. A suit for heavy damages against the company was thus probably nipped in the bud. One of the Harpers inquired yesterday whether any silverware had been taken from the wreck. He said that he had a large quantity of his family plate on board, and that it was lost. He was obliged to return home disappointed. Mr. Johnson, of No. 1.177 Atlantic-avenue, Brooklyn, who was severely burned, had his pocket-book containing $372. The help on the island being work-house women, and, consequently, untrustworthy, Capt. Kerr took charge of it for her. Yesterday morning as she was about to go away she made a great fuss over the loss of six pairs of window fastenings, which she said she had in it. She was only quieted by an offer to send to New-York for six pairs of new ones. A moment later she approached Dr. Howard, and coolly requested him to send one of his men to dive around the wreck for her spectacles.
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