"St. Charles" or "Saint Catarina"?
To the Editor:
Dr. Handlin (“Adventure in Freedom: First Chapter,” September 1954) writes that the new immigrants of September 1654 arrived on the tiny bark “St. Charles.” May I draw your attention to the fact that the bark’s name was “Saint Catarina.” My reference: “The 250th Anniversary of the Settlement of Jews in the U.S.,” addresses delivered at Carnegie Hall, New York, published by the Executive Committee of the General Celebration (1905).
Judge Mayer Sulzberger, Oscar S. Straus, Louis Marshall, Dr. Solomon Solis Cohen, Rev. Dr. M. Heller, and Rev. Dr. Joseph Krauskopf—all spoke of the ship as “Saint Catarina.” May I quote from the latter’s address: “Oh, that we might hold forever sacred, alongside the May-Flower the name of the little ship Saint Catarina that landed the first Jewish colony in the harbor of New York!”
Los Angeles, California