On This Day – 16th November 1885
John Anderson, second mate of the American barque Don Nicholas, was murdered by one of the crew named Freeland Morrell. During the voyage there had been ill blood between the parties, and Morrell had applied for his discharge on the grounds that he could not get on with the mate. Last night Morrell sharpened a knife, and told the cook he was going to do for Anderson. Shortly after this Morrell left the vessel, and meeting Anderson on the pier, stabbed him to the heart, the latter dying immediately. The murderer was instantly arrested. An inquest was held to-day, and a verdict of wilful murder was returned against Freeland Morrell, one of the crew, who was committed for trial.