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    Re: Virgin Rocks.
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2009 Jan 17, 05:07 -0800

    I wrote previously:
    "Finally from a web page here 
    http://www.icedata.ca/icedb/ice/ice_charts/1876ap.htm, there is this tidbit 
    which I think answers your original question:
    "Apr 20 Ship 'Nevada Kruger' at the Banks reports several bergs grounded on the Virgin Rocks." "
    
    Turns out that the vessel is probably incorrectly listed at icedata.ca. It was 
    apparently the vessel 'Nevada', the master's name was Kruger, and the vessel 
    was from Bremerhaven. And the reference, I would guess the original, is in 
    the "Marine Intelligence" column which lists arrivals, departures, reports of 
    vessels in distant ports, and other news relevant to New York harbor as 
    reported by the New York Times on May 4, 1876.
    
    The entry there reads:
    "Ship Nevada, Kruger, Bremerhaven 37 ds., in ballast to Muller and Kruger; 
    came a northern passage passing in sight of the Faroe Islands, and had fair 
    weather; April 20, on the Banks, passed several icebergs grounded on the 
    Virgin Rocks. Is anchored in Gravesend Bay for orders."
    
    37 ds. is presumably days since Bremerhaven.
    
    Later in the same column under miscellaneous, there's this report:
    "Spoken. May 2, Lat 40 50, Lon 67 45, ship Nevada, from Bremen for New-York,.."
    
    Gotta be the same ship, confirming it's name was "Nevada". Rather appropriate 
    for a ship sighting mountains of ice!
    
    -FER
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