>The Great Louisiana Hurricane of August 1812

>”Nearly 200 years before Hurricane Katrina, a major storm hit the coast of Louisiana just west of New Orleans. Because the War of 1812 was simultaneously raging, the hurricane’s strength, direction and other historically significant details were quickly forgotten or never recorded.” —PR NewsWire


by Cary J. Mock, Michael Chenoweth, Isabel Altamirano, Matthew D. Rodgers,
and Ricardo García-Herrera

Fig. 1. Reconstructed track, positions of selected ships discussed in the text, and
selected verbal information on the hurricane of Aug 1812. The dates next to the
filled circles on the track indicate the storm center in the afternoon; “Depr.” is
an abbreviation for depression.

Historical data, consisting of diaries, ship logbooks, ship protests, and
newspapers, reconstruct the path, intensity, and societal impacts of a major
hurricane in 1812 that is the closest known storm to pass New Orleans.

Read the document PDF 


Schooner Rebecca, James W. Zacharie, New Orleans See also previous post

Ship Rebecca leaving Baltimore April 7 1812
American and Commercial Dialy Advertiser
Maybe not the same ship…..

Excerpt from PDF

The only detailed account of the storm in the
middle of the Gulf of Mexico is from the schooner
Rebecca, filed in a ship protest by Notary Marc Lafitte
(Lafitte 1812). Bound from western Cuba toward
New Orleans, in the south-central area of the Gulf of
Mexico on 18 August and extending into the next day,
the ship protest described the following (sic indicates
“spelling incorrect” as in the original document):

Commenced with a heavy gale at N.E. doubled
reefed by 4 P.M. Gale encreased [sic] to a perfect
Hurricane wind[?] to [from] the Eastward and hove
too under double reefed foresail by sunset a very
heavy sea, and Wind increasing, [k]notted [sic]
the foresail—one pump constantly going, dreadful
Weather during the night and at day light threatened
worse Vessel literally under Water, the sea running
over the rough trees & long boat, secured the latter
by additional tacking to the ring bolts & scuppers,
a heavy sea stove the caboose house and carried it
away, worked off though we[ll] nailed down the
companion of the steerage hatchway, and much
water got down it, consequently much damaged to
be apprehended there—about noon the Wind having
shifted to the N.W. raising a prodigious sea across
the former one at N.E. the vessel plunging some
times near half at her foremast in—washed away the
flying jib from the board and also washed loose the
standing jib—ripping almost every seam in it, got
it seamed without loss. (Lafitte 1812) — page 5 of 11 PDF

More Google Books Marc Lafitte
N.O. city court Index to Insolvents’ Docket, 1807-1813
Marc Lafitte Index


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I manage several RootsWeb mailing lists and message boards, support Louisiana Cemetery Preservation, am a former Louisiana and Mississippi librarian, have been researching genealogy of my family since 1988, and write and promote several blogs supporting either Louisiana genealogy or Louisiana cemeteries.
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