Sunday, March 04, 2007

Matthew Betts (1796-1853) boat pilot lost at sea

Matthew Betts (1796-1853) boat pilot lost at sea.

Marine Affairs. We have no tidings of the safety of the pilot boat Commerce. She was seen on the 12th inst. off Egg Harbor, and was in company with the pilot boat Nettle, Number 2, at the time and place, with the wind from East North East and blowing a gale. She hove to while in sight of the Nettle, which is the last account we have of her. The pilots on board were: McKnight Smith, of Brooklyn; Matthew Betts, of Brooklyn; Thomas Scott, of this city, and Nelson Cole. Thomas Smith, an apprentice, (son of the pilot of that name on board,) and Roger Clark, of New London, boat-keeper, cook and three men, were the parties on board. Three of the pilots and the boat-keeper.

Source: New York Times; January 27, 1853