LOSS OF THE SPARROW-HAWK IN 1626. REMARKABLE PRESERVATION AND RECENT DISCOVERY OF THE WRECK.
Boston: Printed by Alfred Mudge & Son`1865, 1865. Stitched. 38pp, light scattered foxing. Illustration entitled, "Draught of the Pilgrim Ship Sparrow-Hawk," on verso of title page. Lacking wrappers, else Very Good. At head of title: "Ye Ancient Wrecke."
The pamphlet documents the discovery of the wreck of the Sparrow Hawk, a colonial ship grounded off Cape Cod in 1626. The wreck surfaced on the beach after a storm.
"The ship was commissioned by two London merchants to sail to Virginia to cash in on the tobacco trade. After six weeks at sea, with its captain suffering from scurvy and supplies exhausted, the ship wrecked off Orleans in what is now known as Old Ship Harbor. All 25 aboard survived, and with the help of natives they made contact with the settlement in Plymouth . . . The survivors, largely farmers from Ireland, spent the next nine months in Plymouth. But the welcome was short lived. After numerous problems, including the pregnancy of the ship captain’s maid, the guests were asked to leave. They continued on to Jamestown on passing ships. Their ship became buried in the sand, but over the years was visible from time to time. More than a century later, in 1863, it reemerged after a gale." ["Return of the Sparrow-Hawk," by Rich Harbertt, article published 17 April 2017, accessed at Wicked Local website on February 15, 2023.]
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