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"From ROMAN CITIZEN (New York) 7 Jul 1846
We take from the Newport Rhode Islander Extra, of the 27th ult., the following account of the wreck of this vessel, and melancholy loss of life by the disaster:
The melancholy news of the loss of the Brig Sutledge, Capt. Graham, of and from Pictou, N.S., for Fall River, was received here this morning about half past 9 o'clock, by the arrival of the schr. Dusky Sally, Capt. Wilder, of and from Bingham.
On the arrival of the Schooner at Stevens' wharf, the information rapidly spread to all parts of the town, and the appalling scene presented, was one, the like of which, our inhabitants have seldom had occasion to witness. On the deck lay the dead bodies of those who had been picked up from the wreck, surrounded by their kindred friends who had been rescued from a watery grave, giving vent to their feeling in the most agonizing manner.
The following particulars of the loss of the Brig we have received from the Captain, who was among the survivors: The Brig Sutledge, of and from Pictour, for Fall River, sailed on the 12th of June with 56 passengers --men, women and children. On the evening of the 26th, at 8 o'clock, it being thick and foggy, came to anchor; and at 2 o'clock, on the following morning, got under way, and at about half past three, struck on a ledge of rocks (in the Vineyard) called the Sow and Pigs, soon after which, the tide having caused her to slew round, she backed off the ledge, filled and went down, bow first, in ten fathoms water. Previous to her going down, the mate was sent below, forward to ascertain if the Brig leaked, but he discovered nothing that looked like it. The pump was then ordered to be sounded, but before that could be done, water was reported in the forecastle. The boat was then got out, and the passengers rushed into it, when the Captain gave orders to shove her from the Brig. He then jumped overboard and swam to the boat, and kept her as close to the Brig as possible, picking up such as jumped into the water. The whole number picked up in the Captain's boat was 31 alive. The schr. Dusky Sally being near, sent her boat to assist, and succeeded in saving 6 more alive who were in the water, and 3 more also from the rigging of the sunken Brig. Sixteen dead bodies, (4 women and 13 children,) were also picked up by the two boats, which, together with the survivors, were put on board the D.S. and brought to this place, as above stated. The Captain also states that another vessel was at the same time picking up what was adrift from the wreck, &c.
The Captain and crew, and 28 passengers were saved. The passengers were all foreigners --mostly Scotch, and we understand were on their way to Pennsylvania, where they expected to find employment in the mining establishments."