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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 28., Old ships and Ship-building days of Medford. (search)
ould find. The Ringleader was one of these. She had sailed from Hong Kong in May, 1863, bound for San Francisco with a load of about five ht 1, 1863, has this item: Ship Ringleader, of Boston, White, from Hong Kong for San Francisco, was totally lost May 9, on the S. W. end of th. 23 inst. in bark E. Banning. Also the following: Aug. 22, 1863. Hong Kong, June 13. The officers and crew of the American ship Ringleader Ship Phantom of Boston, Sargent, fm. San Francisco (May 30) for Hong Kong was lost July 13, on Pilot reef, Pratas shoal. The third mate and three seamen have arrived at Hong Kong. A British gunboat had gone to rescue the remainder of the crew. The Phantom was a good 1 1/2 ship about 30 miles S. of Swatow, and taken inland as captives. Some Hong Kong Chinese merchants, hearing of the capture, ransomed the men for $20 or $30. They were taken to Swatow and ar. at Hong Kong Aug. 27. Later accounts reduced the amount of specie carried by the Phantom cons