John Pearson letter
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John Pearson letter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Pearson, John.
Title: John Pearson letter
Dates: 1838 June 20
Extent: (1 folder) 0.05 cubic feet
Identification: MS 0611
Collection materials are in English.

Biographical/Historical Note

John Pearson was a seaman in North Carolina.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a three-page letter from John Pearson to J.J. Fisher of Baltimore, Maryland; Pearson was on watch at the time of the wreck of the steamer, SS Pulaski off the coast of North Carolina in 1838. This letter relates to the wreck and gives the reason for the explosion of the boilers on the ship. The SS Pulaski was built by the Savannah and Charleston Steam Packet Co. and its principal owner was Gazaway Lamar. The ship left Savannah, Georgia, on June 13, 1838, stopped in Charleston, South Carolina to board passengers, and continued on to its destination of Baltimore. A boiler explosion caused the ship to sink off the coast of North Carolina; over 100 people died in the wreck, including Gazaway Lamar's wife and four children.

Index Terms

Letters (correspondence)
Pearson, John.
Pulaski (Steamship)

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], John Pearson letter, MS 611, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


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