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As a Phoenix RisingI found a copy of

our family history on my Grandfather’s side. It goes back to the man born in 1861 and tells of his mother and father as well.

I’m thinking if I read this book, it may give me a clue.

This book was written in 1961, by a great aunt of mine. (maybe 2 greats there.) I remember the book as a child, as each family got one. It ends at my generation. 13 months ago

As a Phoenix RisingI emailed the photograph to St. Keverne

and received this email:

“Thanks for your prompt reply. The photograph is another shot of the sombre day when the victims of the ‘Mohegan wreck were buried. It is the same grave as the one on our website. There were Americans on board, and the father, step sister and step mother of the dancer Isadora Duncan are buried in the grave. We consider the Mohegan wreck to be St Keverne’s Titanic and there is information on the web and on our website about the wreck. Perhaps your family may have lost someone in the wreck, or just have been visiting at the time? Keep sloothing. I’m dying to know the connection!
Best wishes,”

It is rather exciting to hold such a piece of history in my hands. I will make a copy of the photograph for them. I know it’s not the same as having the original, but I’ll print out the email and put it on the pack of the picture frame with instructions for the original to be sent to St. Keverne’s after I die.

The mass grave is marked with this cross. 21 months ago

As a Phoenix RisingThe photograph in Mum's things I've framed.

I’ve (finally) been sorting through things from my Mum’s house. I found this photograph marked “St. Keverne Churchyard 1898.” The photograph reminds me that Love will always find you. Even in the darkest of times. I managed to frame it yesterday, and add my reminder of love to it. St. Keverne is in Cornwall, England. The Mohegan Shipwreck occured in 1898, but I don’t know if this is of that mass burial. The was people are standing up so high and the distance of the way the crowd is looking. Perhaps. I think the two young people in the back of the crowd are courting. 21 months ago

As a Phoenix RisingWhy is there an original photograph of the mass burial in Mum's belongings?

The SS Mohegan was a steamer built in Hull for the Wilson & Furness-Leyland Line who set off on 13 October 1898, en-route from Tilbury Docks, London to New York, carrying 57 passengers, 97 crew and 7 cattlemen. It was at 6.50pm on the evening of the 14th October, that the Mohegan ran onto the Manacles, embedding the rudder and tearing the hull open. The ship had struck Vase Rock before drifting onto the Maen Varses reef. Dinner was being served at the time, and many of the passengers were initially unaware of the severity of the accident.

The Mohegan had taken a wrong bearing and sailed too close to the Cornish coast. James Hill, coxwain of the Porthoustock lifeboat saw the ship, lights ablaze, heading at full speed towards the Manacle rocks. With a cry of ‘she’s coming right in!’ he called his crew.

The ship rolled and sank 12 minutes after hitting the rocks, with the loss of 106 lives. Captain Griffith, Assistant Engineer William Kinley and all of the officers went down with the ship. Only her funnel and four masts remained above water. The Porthoustock lifeboat Charlotte was launched in 30 minutes and rescued most of the survivors from the wreck and the water.

Most of the recovered bodies of those who had drowned were buried in a mass grave in St Keverne churchyard, which was given a memorial stained glass window by the Atlantic Transport Line. It was the greatest disaster in the history of the company 21 months ago

As a Phoenix Rising 21 months ago

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