Lucretia

December 4, 1786

Broad Sound

Brig Lucretia carrying coffee.

"A blinding snowstorm smothered visibility on December 4, 1786, and was responsible for the wreck of the brig Lucretia, which bilged off Deer Island near Point Shirley. The vessel carried a consignment of coffee from St. Croix, Virgin Islands. Her home port was New Haven, Connecticut. Captain Powell and five hands remained on board, preserving their lives close to the still-burning ship's stove. Five other mariners, including Mr. Kilby, the mate, and Mr. Sharp, a Boston mariner, reached shore but succumbed to the intense cold.

Sharp's funeral was held at the American Coffee House on State Street, and was well attended by fellow Boston businessmen. The brig was owned by Messrs. Bolling and Sharp."

Robert F. Sullivan, Shipwrecks and Nautical Lore of Boston Harbor