Wayback Wednesday: SS Central America 1857

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In 1857, caught in a Category 2 Hurricane, the SS Central America sank 160 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, drowning 420+, including Captain of the Ship Commander William Lewis Herndon. Nicknamed The Ship of Gold, 30,000 pounds of gold from the California Gold Rush went down with her, exacerbating The Panic of 1857.

It wasn’t until very recently that the lost gold was recovered and only two years ago that the salvage award of 100% was awarded.

In other September 12 trivia bits, as we wait for Hurricane Florence 2018 to show up, this appears to be a rather bad day for hurricanes. Did you know that there have been six Atlantic Hurricanes named Florence? She gets around. ~Vic

1910 Alice Stebbins Wells was hired as the first LAPD Policewoman.

1928 The Okeechobee Hurricane, a Category 4 storm, struck Guadeloupe, killing 1,200.

1979 Hurricane Frederic, a Category 4 storm, slammed into Dauphin Island, Alabama, destroying the bridge to the mainland and killing five.

1988 Hurricane Gilbert, the most intense Atlantic hurricane on record until 2005, devastated Jamaica, produced a 19 foot storm surge and killed 49.

8 thoughts on “Wayback Wednesday: SS Central America 1857

    Opinionated Man said:
    September 13, 2018 at 12:07 am

    Beeeeee safeee! 🙂

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      September 13, 2018 at 12:10 am

      Will do, live. Thanks!

        Opinionated Man said:
        September 13, 2018 at 12:10 am

        I’ll be waiting to hear you are.

          The Hinoeuma responded:
          September 13, 2018 at 12:12 am

          Oh, dear, god…if I could SPELL…

          Will do, LOVE. 🤗

    bottomlesscoffee007 said:
    September 13, 2018 at 8:54 am

    Batton Down the hatches girl.

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      September 13, 2018 at 12:20 pm

      Yeah. Been preparing since Monday. Now that it has dropped to a Cat2, I am a little more settled. I was living 15 miles east 22 years ago when Fran hit and she was a Cat3. That storm was more damage than flooding, inland. Floyd in ’99 was a Cat2 when it hit and stalled. It’s damage was massive flooding. I was an hour west when it came in.

      This one, I am in between. When NC gets hit thru the Cape Fear area, we catch it here. I am expecting more flooding than damage. If it was still a Cat4 coming in, I would be very worried with this angle.

      We are close to 600ft above sea level and live in a small town that is part of a small mountain chain called Thunder Ridge. It’s one of the oldest towns in NC.

      Thanks, sweetie.

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