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Thomas William Nye of New Bedford, our famed whaling city, was the only person out of 223 aboard the ship John Rutledge who survived when she hit an iceberg in the Atlantic and sank.

The Rutledge left Liverpool on February 16, 1856, with a crew of twenty-four men and a passenger list of 199. Three days later she hit the iceberg. The steamship Germania picked Nye up on February 28th, twelve days after the collision.

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Posted by Cape Cod - (website) on 06/13/06
Categories: History
Keywords: history, maritime, shipwrecks


I am ten years old and I was searching for information on ship wrecks I found on a chart and came across this page while doing research. Also becoming across this I was reading a book by Clive Cussler called “Medusa”, and one of Cussler’s main characters was Caleb Nye. As a result of that, my mom informed me that we are related to the Nye’s on Cape Cod, which is really cool since my gramma proved in in her geneological research. So this article about Thomas William Nye really caught my eye. Me and my mom learned this today and I though it was very cool. Thanks, Jackson

Posted by Jackson O. from Cape Cod on 04/12/11 at 09:47 PM | #

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