1850's Princeton University Student notebook from one John Hun Meads born in Albany, New York in 1836. His notebook from Princeton is inscribed by Meads on upper left corner as "Naphan" Hall perhaps Nathan Hall dated September 6th 1851. Meads died aboard the Steamer Pacific in the year 1855-56 when it hit an iceberg similar to the Titanic and sank taking all 200 passengers with her including John Hun Meads. A monument erected by his Princeton classmates was built in his honor that had a great deal of admiration and respect for John Hun Meads. I have included in this description a photograph of copies from the 1879 book "History of Princeton" that honors John Hun Meads in addition pictures of his impressive tombstone memorial. It is difficult to imagine how such a notebook could even still exist, interesting to note that the Pacific's career began on a high note when she set a new transatlantic speed record in her first year of service, but after only five years in operation, the ship along with her entire complement of almost 200 passengers and crew went missing without trace on a voyage from Liverpool to New York. Pacific's fate remained a mystery for years. A message in a bottle found on a Hebrides island in 1861 declared her sunk by icebergs. In 1991, wreckage located in the Irish Sea off the coast of Wales was identified without corroboration as the SS Pacific. What is further a mystery is that the book itself appears to have been taken aboard the Steamboat Pacific by John during that fatal voyage? Was this part of the note and notebook found in addition with the bottle in 1861 on Hebrides Island? Certainly a great mystery still remains.
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