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History of The Steamer Marion
Lytle-Holdcamper List--Merchant Steam Vessels
of the United States 1790-1868
pages 137 & 279
The Marion was a 900 ton ship built in New York, N.Y.  in 1851.
Its first home port was New York, N.Y. It was wrecked on 4/2/63
at Double Shot Keys, Bahamas, no lives lost. It is listed as a "p",
indicating it was a sidewheeler.
Newspaper Articles about the Wreck of the Marion
The New-York Times, Tuesday, April 14, 1863, p 5:2

Total Loss of the Steamship Marion - Safety of Her Passengers and Crew.
The steamship Marion, which left New-York for Key West and New-Orleans on the
26th of March last, was totally wrecked on the Double Head Shot Keys on Thursday,
April 2, about 4 o'clock P.M. She had a valuable cargo and 40 passengers. Eleven of
the latter arrived at Cardenas in the brig B. Young on the 6th inst. They subsequently
left for Havana, for New-York. The rest of the passengers arrived in Havana a few
hours previous to the departure of the Roanoke for New-York. The Marion will prove
a total wreck. Assistance had been sent for to Nassau. The wreckers were already at
work, saving part of the cargo, though in a damaged condition.

The Marion was a side-wheel steamer, and used formerly to run between New-York
and Charleston, as one of Mitchell's line, up to the breaking out of this rebellion.
New Orleans Picayune - Saturday
Morning, April 18, 1863 - page 2:1

By the arrival of the steamship Creole, Capt. Couch, from New York, we learn by one of her
passengers, Mr. G. B. Waldron, who was a passenger on the ill-fated Marion, the following

On the morning of the 2d inst., at about 5 o'clock, weather moderate, she struck a sunken rock
when about one mile from the Rocks, and six or eight miles from the light, heading for the light. It
is called Cay Sal Bank light or Double Headed Shot Key light, on Salt Bank.

The engineer reported in a few minutes that the ship could not live longer than one and a half or
two hours. Capt. Johnson was then compelled to run her upon the rocks, directly by the light;
some of the passengers and crew landed from the bow of the ship, the remainder were landed in
surf boats and the boats of the ship to a way or gully cut in the rocks to the edge of the water; at
the time we had a heavy ground swell.

Provisions and baggage were landed during the night. The weather continued moderate, and next
morning she was given over to the wreckers, who commenced their work. During that day ample
provisions and water were landed. When we left the ship was sunk to her main deck.

The weather continued very favorable and still. The next morning Mr. Hunter, clerk of the house
of Spofford, Tileston & Co., at New York, started in a small vessel from Matamoros, bound to
Nassau, N. P., with a view to charter a steamer to bring the passengers to New Orleans.

The following day a vessel bound for Cardenas answered our signal of distress, and Capt.
Johnston (sic) chartered her to take to Cardenas such passengers as chose to go in her. Eleven
started in her, the balance remaining, expecting Mr. Hunter's return with a steamer.

The following is a list of passengers of the wrecked steamer Marion, brought from Havana by the

Mr. Geo. B. Waldron, Jas. Harsmeyer, New York; M. Simon, New Orleans; H. Dalshamer, J.
Leman, H. Strouse, J. W. Randolph, Baltimore; A. Magellato, J. Ernst, Mrs. C. Quesnel?, Miss
Padron, New Orleans.

We learn by the passengers that the worthy captain was uniformly vigilant, and was constant in
attendance to the comfort of his passengers, who deeply sympathize with him in his misfortune,
which is likely to occur with the most skillful navigators in the treacherous currents of the Gulf.
The steamship Creole, George W. Couch, commander, from New York, April 7th 4 P.M., and Havana,
April 14th, 4 P.M., arrived last evening, with mails, merchandise and the following passengers:

From New York - B. S. Blood, Hugh Mc.Closkey, H. G. Gould, two masters Getchell, B. F. Flanders,
Miss Falnders and servant, Mrs. Mentieth, Geo Blume, H. D. Hull, Chas. Johnson, F. C. Lacroix, A.
G. Agnew, B. L. Merriam, S. G. Kreeger, H. B. Chamberlain, Mamallus? Lara, J. Wright and lady, J.
W. Stearer, W. W. G. Oliver, R. G. Usher, S. S. Doty, Mrs. Arars, Michael Hahn, Leon Chesse, J. R.
Anderson, B. Russell, R. H. Morris, J. Zacharle, J. T. Coe, and seven in the steerage.

From Havana - A. Davis and family, E. T. Lauillelaure and family, J. Garcia y Hora, N. Dalchien, J.
W. Randolph, S. Tirrer, S. B. ?oliera, J. Nixon, Louis Lalain, Thos. H. Shield, W. Appleton, G. B.
Waldron, H. Stroun, J. Vinta, G. Gar_____, C. Spinola, A. M. Augelarte, Mrs. Contin, two children
and servant, Mrs. C. Queand, H. Wilder, J. Appletot, J. Havemeyer, M. Simen, J. Amaty Rouse, A.
Risa Y Palles, E. Smith, J. Ernst, Miss Padrom, H. Shaw, A. Dalode and lady and three in the
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