SS New York Authentic Shipwreck Artifact with Certificate
Sank: September 7th, 1846
Details of the Classic S.S. New York Steamship:
An elegant 160 foot side-wheel steamship, the S.S. New York was constructed with a wooden-hull and built in its namesake city in 1837. With polished mahogany walls, white satin damask curtains, engraved Silver, crystal, and fine white porcelain it was said that when on board the luxurious ship one felt like Cleopatra.
The S.S. New York shuttled weekly between Galveston and New Orleans, transporting light merchandise, provisions, buffalo hides and cotton, as well as, passengers back and forth. Occasionally, she was chartered to transport troops to the U.S. army depot at Brazos Santiago in south Texas in support of the war against Mexico.
Straight Into the Hurricane’s Path:
In the fateful year of 1846, the S.S. New York set sail from Galveston, Texas at 4:00 pm on September 5th with 53 passengers and crew on board. After barely making 50 miles, the ship found itself in the path of a major hurricane. The Captain ordered the anchor dropped to weather out the gale force winds. Unfortunately for the stalled ship, by 2:00 am on September 7th, the winds changed and swung the ship around the wrong direction.
For two long hours the crew tried to turn the ship back into the wind, but giant waves began pelting the ship, carrying off the wheelhouse, the smokestack, and putting out the boiler fires. The ship’s bell rang out one final time before she was lost to sea, sending out the “death knoll” to all who heard it.
Only 36 souls aboard the S.S. New York survived by holding on to ship debris for two days until they were rescued by the S.S. Galveston. The S.S. New York was lost to the sea, taking the lives of 17 people, including five children. Also lost in the shipwreck was some thirty to forty thousand dollars in U.S. Gold coins, U.S. Silver coins, and bank notes as reported in insurance reports and manifests.
"During a Hurricane on September 6th of the year 1846, the Steam Packet New York sank in the Gulf of Mexico South of Cameron, Louisiana. The ship and its treasures remained in its watery grave for 160 years until its discovery by a group of adventurers known as the Gentlemen of Fortune."
Signed and Certified as a genuine artifact of the Steam Packet New York.