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The America [1872]

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The America

United States Consular Court, Kanagawa
1872

Source: Daily Alta California, 3 October 1872

BURNING OF THE "AMERICA" AT YOKOHAMA.

The Fire Discovered by the Stewardess.

Belief that it was the Work of Incendiaries.

Tardiness in the Engineer's Department.

Over Sixty Chinamen and Several Europeans Drowned or Burned.

THE VESSEL BURNED TO THE WATER'S EDGE.

Investigation in the United States Consular Court.

CHARLES O. SHEPARD, Consul and President of the Court.

PAUL SHIRLEY, Captain and Senior U.S. Naval Officer present.

E. D. PERCY, Ship master.

U.S. Consulate, Kanagawa, Japan, September 5th, 1872.

By courtesy of the Court, and at the request of the Agent of the P. M. S. S. Company at this point, I, the undersigned, was present and participated in taking the testimony in this proceedings, and fully concur in the foregoing findings and conclusions.

C. E. DE LONG, U. S. Minister.

 

Source: Auckland Star (NZ), 13 November 1872

THE LOSS OF THE "AMERICA."

FULL particulars of the burning of the Pacific Mail steamship America, in the harbour of Yokohama have been received by the steamer China, from that port during the week.  The Consular Court of Inquiry, which examined into the disaster, reached the conclusion that the America was set on fire in order to give an opportunity to rob the Chinese passengers. ...

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