About Thomas W. Nye
"Thomas W. Nye, the Lone Survivor - February, 1856, the John Rutledge, out of New York with J. R. Kelley as captain was returning from England with 110 passengers and 25 crew members, as well as a cargo of salt, iron and crockery. The weather was bitterly cold. The mate was writing in the log book on the 19th when suddenly he was hurled half-stunned to the deck. The ship had plowed into an iceberg. The pumps were started at full capacity, but the ship continued sinking. all cargo was jettisoned to lighten ship, and every effort was made. It was grimly clear: all must abandon ship. There were five large lifeboats on board, so 27 people had to be in each one, despite the extremely rough seas. Four crowded boats were launched, and Thomas Nye, taking the log-book with him was in the last boat with 12 other people."
Read how he survived in the book: Legendary Lives: True Tales of Old Time Survivors, War Heroes, Statesmen, Artists & Adventurers by George P. Nye
"You might suppose that young Tom Nye would never set foot on a ship again after his horrible ordeal, but he did. He made many voyages, and a peculiar good fortune seemed to follow him everywhere. At one time on the steamer Ocean Queen, the boiler burst and nine men were killed, but he escaped unhurt, On another voyage, Thomas was in London when cholera was raging. Many people were dying and he was deathly sick, but be recovered.
During the Civil War he was quartermaster on a ship taking troops to New Orleans.
For 21 years he was employed in th rocery store of Swift & Eldredge. He also served as town constable for several years. "