E.C. Scranton

Ship E.C. Scranton

The Gerber family came over on the ship and arrived in New York City on 22 May 1857 (see partial passenger list here). The picture below is of a smiliar type of ship, except the Scranton would have had a square bow and an Eagle for the masthead.

History of the ship:
From the book "Vessels Built at Mystick, 1784-1919". The E.C. Scranton, built 1851. Built by George Greenman & co. for Everett & Brown of New York. She operated in the Liverpool trade, although in 1853 she ran as San Francisco packet. She was advertised for a voyage to Antwerp in 1856, when Post, Smith & Co. were her agents. Masters include Alfred G. Spencer (1851), his brother Frederick Spencer, John E. Williams (1858), and Charles H. Barrett(1859). In 1863 she was sold to "Stonington Parties." She was nearly lost in 1864 while bound from New York to Liverpool with a cargo of grain. When a few days out, she was hove down on her beam ends, shifting the cargo and springing a bad leak. The bulwarks were stove in, the decks swept, and sails blown away., the grain was choking the pumps and with three feet of water in the hold, Captain Joseph N. Magna bore up and headed back for New York, arriving in near sinking condition. Repairs were made, and she was sold to Lawrence, Giles & Co., its official number was: 7772 and its assigned signal letters were H,G,D,F. In 1870, under Captain R. Williams, E.C. Scranton was in the trade to Havre for Fonch, Eyde & Co. A. Wheeler was master in 1872. In 1879, she was sold for $5,950 to T. McCarthy and others of St. John, New Brunswick. She was then rebuilt with her capacity increased to 1,338 tons, and her name was changed to "May Queen". She was lost at sea in 1882.

Description of the ship:
The E.C. Scranton which was constructed of white oak and cedar in 1851 at S. Greenman's shipyard in Mystic, Connecticut, USA. This ship was 180 feet long, 37 feet, 10 inches wide, it had 3 decks and a draft of 22 feet (1,186 tons. 180.2 x 37.10 x 24). By definition, a ship is a three-masted sailing vessel, square-rigged on all masts. Therefore, HARVEY BIRCH (image above) and E. C. SCRANTON had the same rigging in terms of number of masts and types of sails.

Arrival Notice, New York Times, May 23, 1857 Arrived New York, May 22 Ship E. C. Scranton, [captain] Spencer, Antwerp April 23, and Lizards 25th, with mdse and passengers to [agents] Everett and Brown. 9th inst., lat 45 15 lon 47 15, saw the steamship Vanderbilt, bound E., wind strong from westward. [The numbers were hard to read so I don't guarantee them correct. Lizards is the headland in England, the Lizard, near Land's End, which was a departure marker for ships leaving the English Channel for the Atlantic Ocean.]

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