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Charles Cyril Brownjohn, Assistant Steward on the SS Mohegan, about 1895

NumberHESFM:2007.10291
PlaceThe Manacles, near Porthoustock, St Keverne Cornwall United Kingdom
Date1895 — 1898
KeywordsShipwrecks People St Keverne Porthoustock
PhotographerA & J Bool
Copyright© Helston Museum

Charles Cyril Brownjohn who went down in the wreck of the SS Mohegan on 13th October 1898. Charles was assistant steward on the Mohegan. On the back of the photograph it reads "This card came from Mr Samuel Mason's house at Coverack Bay View. House sold up for debt on October 25th 1911". The front of the card is embossed with the photographer's name, A & J Bool, 86 Warwick Street SW. The inscription on the front reads "C.C. Brownjohn, who went down in the wreck of the S.S. Mohegan Oct 14 1898 aged 23 Interred at St Keverne". The card is broken and stitched with thread, the image is intact. The Mohegan was bound for New York when she ran into the Manacles on 13th October 1898. She carried 57 passengers and 97 crew. Dinner was being served at the time, and many of the passengers were initially unaware of the severity of the accident. The Porthoustock lifeboat Charlotte was launched in 30 minutes and rescued most of the survivors from the wreck and the water; 44 persons were saved. Most of the recovered bodies of the drowned were buried in a mass grave in St Keverne churchyard, which was given a memorial stained glass window by the Atlantic Transport Line.