Iduna (ship)

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id voyage Dep. Date Dep. Port Arr. Date Arr.Port Captain Passenger List
419 Aug. 09, 1847 Hamburg, Germany wrecked Ernest Andreas Moberg

Passenger List

  • Passenger Total: 204 +
  • Transcriber: Jackie McCarthy

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Article entitled “Der Washington: Furchtbare Schiffbrueche” [The Washington: Terrible Shipwrecks”, excerpted from the Weser-Zeitung (newspaper) of 18 Sep [1847]. [Despite the misleading title, the article has to do with the sinking of the Swedish bark Iduna from Hamburg to New York.]

The steamship Washington is presently at the dock in New York for [major repairs]. The most terrible accident befell the Swedish bark Iduna with 204 German emigrants from Hamburg bound for New York. According to report in the Boston Mercury the unlucky ship was rammed at 0100 on 9 August [1847] at 44-24 latitude and 58-31 longitude by the American ship Chanunga from Liverpool bound for Boston. According to survivors, the American vessel could have avoided the collision, even though it was foggy. The Iduna was under full sail on a straight course, while the American ship crossed and hit the Iduna directly midships. By the first blow a two foot hole was opened below the waterline and a three foot hole in the middeck. The second blow opened a long gash in the side wall of the ship: a third blow freed [the two ships]. Water entered the ship with such force in the middeck and cabin areas that only a few passengers were able to reach the open deck in their night clothing. Many were washed overboard and others were lost while swimming in the water. The largest number of passengers drowned midships…

At the first blow, the second steerman of the “Iduna” jumped onto the deck of the Chanunga and it was only because of the influence of this man that anyone was rescued. Directly after the collision the Chanunga was out of sight and only an hour later were people rescued from the water: lanterns were hung on the Chanunga. For over two hours the survivors were at the mercy of the waves, reaching the Chanunga after 4a.m.


Terrible Shipwreck”

Dated 8-23-1847
Paper: The Southern Patriot

The Boston Mercantile Journal, of Tuesday evening, furnishes some additional particulars Of the terrible loss of life on board the “IDUNA”, from coming in contact with the ship “Shanunga",at sea. The Journal says: The passengers in the “IDUNA”were composed of industrious Swedes, who were coming to this country with considerable sums of money in their possession, for the purpose of purchasing farms and settling at the west. The collision was so sudden and unexpected, and the vessel sunk so soon afterwards, that none of the passengers had time to clothe themselves. Most of them, however secured their money, which was mostly in gold ,which accounts for the serious loss of life. Those who were saved had been in the water nearly half an hour when they were picked up, during which time, those who had gold about their personals had sunk. It is supposed that Captain Moberg, master of the barque, had $1400 in gold about his person. Those who were saved were entirely destitute of money, and mostly clad in their night clothes when taken aboard the Shanunga. The warm hearted tars on board furnished them with all the spare clothing, reserving nothing for themselves but what they stood in, and everything which could be devised to administer to their comfort was cheerfully performed. The survivors of this dreadful calamity have been deprived of near & dear relations or friends. One of the survivors, a little girl of twelve years of age, has lost her father, mother, brothers, and sisters and is thus left alone in a strange land. The Traveler also furnishes an account of this sad calamity, from which we glean the following: Capt Patten came ashore this morning from the Shanunga, which was anchored in the stream. Capt P is wholly incapacitated by the depth of his feelings, from entering into any details at present, relative to this melancholy event. He says that no statement could exaggerate the horrors of that awful moment. we are glad to learn that efficient measures are being taken by our citizens to relieve the present distress of the survivors. Mr. Jas. K Mills has sent on board a quantity of clothing for the females: and a subscription paper has been started which already in the active hands of Messrs. Hudson & Smith, of The Merchants Exchange has obtained nearly $500. It is estimated that something like $50,000 or even $1000,000 in specie, belonging to the immigrants, went down in the vessel, or on the bodies of the lost. One individual lost 14,000. One hundred and seventy two persons, including the master, Capt. Ernest Andreas Moberg , were lost.

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