Guide to the Ship “Newton” Collection, 1866-1867

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Research Library at the Nantucket Historical Association. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the internet.

Collection Details

Collection Number:
Ship "Newton" Collection
Nantucket Historical Association
Nantucket Historical Association
Material is in English; some material is in German.

Information for Users

Restrictions to Access: No restrictions. Open for research.

Restrictions to Use: No usage restrictions.

Copyright Notice: Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation: [identification of item], in the Ship "Newton" Collection, Nantucket Historical Association.

Acquisitions Information:

Gift of L. Hosmer of California in 1951 (Acc. 1951.56) and Grace Brown Gardner.

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Subject Headings

  • Corporate Name
    • Newton (ship).
  • Topical Term
    • Shipwrecks.

Biographical Information

Ship Newton was a German ship. It was loaded with 5,000 barrels of kerosene oil and heading for Hamburg, Germany, when it struck the shoals of Nantucket, Mass., just east of Maddequecham Pond on 25 December 1865. The second mate made it to shore, but died after; all others perished in the wreck.

Scope and Content

The Ship Newton Collection includes letters expressing the gratitude of relatives of Captain Herting and Second Mate Rehquate for the kindness of the Nantucket people in burying those lost when the ship Newton wrecked on the island’s shoal. There is also a coroner’s receipt, photograph of the captain, and news clipping.


Folder 1: Ship Newton papers, 1866–1867

Processing Information

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Finding aid by Abbie Minard and Amelia Holmes, July 2018 with additional description by Sarah Lerner in September 2018 and Teddy Leane in June 2021.

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