The sloop Victoria was found on the beach at Coney Island this morning with her sails completely blown to pieces, and on boarding her a man was found dead and partly under water.
From the appearance of blood on the cabin floor it is supposed there has been some foul play. The Coroner, Mr. Cozine, is now holding an inquest. The sloop formerly belonged to Capt. Langdon who parted with her about six months since.
--Brooklyn Daily Eagle, March 17, 1846
SLOOP VICTORIA.--This vessel which drifted ashore at Coney Island yesterday morning with her sails blown to pieces, has been taken in charge by Mr. Roberts, news collector for the Offing Telegraph, who will this day endeavor to get her off the beach and bring her up to the city. No intelligence has yet transpired in relation to the ownership. There was reason to suppose from traces of blood about the cabin that the man whose body was found had met with foul play ; but after an examination by Mr. Coroner Cozine, of Gravesend, sufficient was ascertained to warrant a verdict that he came to his death by exposure during the gale of Monday night. The body has not yet been identified ; but it will be left for some days at Gravesend for recognition. There is reason to suppose that there were but two persons on board, and that one of them was washed overboard.
--Brooklyn Daily Eagle, March 18, 1846
THE SLOOP VICTORIA.--It has been ascertained that this vessel was owned at Islip, L. I., and sailed thence for New York on Monday last, laden with a cargo of clams. Two brothers named Brewster were on board. In the night she sprang a leak and John Brewster, the man found dead in the cabin occupied himself so at the pump that he was forced to retire to the cabin where he died. The survivor succeeded in running her ashore on Coney Island early on Tuesday morning, and making his way to Mr. Cropsey's, could not arouse any person. He then walked up to this city where he found the L. I. train ready to start ; and proceeded to Islip ; but returned yesterday morning to Coney Island and gave the information which has thus solved the mystery attached to the vessel.
--Brooklyn Daily Eagle, March 19, 1846