The Wreck of the Faithful Steward on Delaware's False Cape (Disaster) (Paperback)
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On the first of September 1785, with night coming on and the weather deteriorating, the crew of the shipFaithful Stewardsailed toward Delaware's notorious False Cape.
In the summer of 1785, a group of Irish migrants took to the Atlantic to escape the abuse and persecution of the ruling classes at home. They sought a new life in the United States, a place "where the banner of freedom waved proudly" and "every good was possessed." Their ship was new and sturdy, and its captain had a good reputation. On this voyage, however, it was overloaded with migrant families and a massive cargo of counterfeit coins. By the first of September the ship was lost, somewhere off the mid-Atlantic coast. Michael Timothy Dougherty tells the story of the wreck and the people on board.