American Ship Golden Star Wrecked Off The Irish Coast -- All But Six Drowned; Man Seeks Insurance For Lost Chronometer

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One page, 8 ¼ x 10 ¼, LS. David Cottrell writes to Col. C.H. Mingle of Mobile, Alabama that the ship “Golden Star,” presumably owned by Mingle, was wrecked in Wexford County, Ireland, with the loss of all but six lives. He details the wreck and requests that Mingle make an insurance claim for the chronometer and pay the money into the account of Atkinson Dilton & Co., of Calcutta.

“January 18, 1861, Since my last letter to you, the American Ship ‘Golden Star’ Captain Staples from Mobile bound to this post made the Irish Coast in December last and became a total wreck. Captain Staples and all hands save six persons were drowned off County Wexford, Ireland, and as Captain Girard of the Ship ‘Saratoga’ informed me you my chronometer per said ship ‘Golden Star’ wrecked off Wexford, Ireland, you will please collect the Marine Insurance on said chronometer insured in one of your city companies and place proceeds to my credit in account with Messrs. Harbeck & Co, New York...”


On blue paper. Folds. Light ink burns at the bottom, affecting nothing.


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