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The Wreck of the Louis V. Place

 
 
The Wreck of the <i>Louis V. Place</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 21, 2019
1. The Wreck of the Louis V. Place Marker
Inscription.  On February 8, 1895, the Louis V. Place, a 163 foot three masted schooner, succumbed to wild weather and freezing temperatures while transporting coal from Baltimore to New York. The pounding snow and relentless waves immobilized the vessel, and she became a floating iceberg. When help came, the deck of the Louis V. Place was a sheet of ice. Members of her crew froze to death while standing in the rigging.

The ship was stranded just east of the Lone Hill Life Saving Station. Spectators came by horse and carriage from miles away to see the wreck. Augusta Weeks, one of the four Smith Sisters donated the burial plots and covered the expenses of the sailor's burials.

Buried here are four of the crew members who suffered terribly on that ill-fated night at sea. May their souls rest in peace.
 
Location. 40° 45.953′ N, 73° 1.401′ W. Marker is in Patchogue, New York, in Suffolk County. Marker is at the intersection of Montauk Highway (Route 27A) and River Drive on Montauk Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Patchogue NY 11772, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as

The Wreck of the <i>Louis V. Place</i> Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 21, 2019
2. The Wreck of the Louis V. Place Marker - wide view
the crow flies. The Wreck of the Nahum Chapin (a few steps from this marker); Site of Hart's Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Hart's Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lace Mill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Paul the Tailor Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); Squire Mott Grist Mill (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Avery Homestead (approx. 1.7 miles away); Town of Islip Grange (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Patchogue.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located in the middle of Lakeview Cemetery, approximately 150 ft. into the cemetery from the Montauk Highway entrance, on the right of the service road as one goes in.
 
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1. Wreck of the Louis V. Place (National Park Service). "The wreck of the Louis V. Place is one of the best known wrecks that occurred on Fire Island. The small schooner carrying a cargo of coal from Baltimore to New York stranded on a sand bar east of the Lone Hill lifesaving station in the icy conditions of February 1895....Six crew members perished during the rescue efforts, two were rescued, only one survived. Eight plots were placed in the Lakeview Cemetery in Patchogue for the lost sailors, but only four are buried there, Gustave Jaiby, Charles Allen, August Olson and Fritz Oscar Ward." (Submitted on May 20, 2019.) 

2. Wreck of the Schooner Louis V. Place (Long Island Genealogy). (Submitted on May 20, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.)
 
Categories. DisastersWaterways & Vessels
 
The Wreck of the <i>Louis V. Place</i> - three tombstones image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 21, 2019
3. The Wreck of the Louis V. Place - three tombstones
Fritz O. Mard, "perished in the rigging", buried here.
Lars T. Gioby, "perished in the rigging", but not buried here.
Capt. W.H. Squires, "perished in the rigging", but buried in Southold, Long Island.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on May 20, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 20, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 20, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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