I. Goodwin Hobbs
Ichabod Goodwin Hobbs, son of William and Sarah Elliott (Goodwin) Hobbs, was born March 13, 1843, at North Berwick, Maine. He began his preparatory studies at the Academy in South Berwick, Maine, and entered college at the beginning of the Fall term, August 24, 1860.
Immediately after graduating, in
August, 1864, he entered the United States Navy, as Acting
Assistant Paymaster. He was attached to the U. S. steamer
Unadilla, and participated in both engagements at Fort Fisher, and
later in the James River, at the fall of Richmond, Virginia. He
was commissioned Assistant Paymaster in the Regular Service in
February, 1867, and promoted to Passed Assistant Paymaster in
September, 1868. For over three years he served in the home
squadron on board the steamers Ascutney and Tallapoosa. During the
years 1871-2, he was on duty in the Navy Department at Washington,
On returning from this cruise, he was attached to the U.S. steamer Despatch and cruised in the Mediterranean Sea, and was afterward stationed at Constantinople, near the close of the Turko-Russian war. Here he had the pleasure of lunching with the gallant General Skobeleff. While stationed here, he embraced the opportunity for a trip to the Holy Land. After an absence of over three years, he was detached from the Despatch and came home, visiting Paris during the Exposition, and also London, on the way. After "waiting orders'' for a short time, he was ordered to the Torpedo Station at Newport, Rhode Island, where he remained until September, 1882. In 1879 he was promoted to full Paymaster, which position he holds at present.
He was next ordered to the U. S. Steamer Juniata, and sailed from New
York City November 28, 1882. I have received from him two long letters,
giving very full and interesting accounts of his present cruise. Space
will only allow of a brief abstract. He stopped first at Fayal for several
weeks, thence to Gibraltar, Malta, Alexandria and Cairo, in Egypt; through
the Suez Canal, calling at Muscat, thence up the Persian Gulf, and to
Bussorah, a place eighty miles up the Euphrates River. From there be went
to Bombay, Colombo, Madras, Calcutta, Rangoon and Singapore, arriving
there just after the disastrous earthquake in the Strait of Sunda. There
they received orders from our Government by cable to proceed to the
Strait, and ascertain the dangers to navigation, and warn vessels. They
surveyed the situation and found scenes of desolation and destruction.
Aujer Point, a week before, had been a town of twelve thousand
inhabitants, but now not a soul was left to tell the tale. It was an
important place of call for all deep-water ships from Europe or America to
China, for fresh water and provisions. It contained many large buildings,
a telegraph station for cables, and an important lighthouse. After the
eruption of Krakatoa, there came a tidal wave, forty feet high, which
swept over the point, carrying everything down, not a tree or building
being left standing. They anchored for two nights immediately under the
island of Krakatoa, the cause of all this disaster. This island was 2,600
feet high, and it was split in two perpendicularly from the crater by the
earthquake, one half disappearing in the sea, leaving a perpendicular wall
2,600 feet high on one side. It was still smoking when he was there, and
he said it made him feel as though his little boy wanted to see him!
His future course will be to Nagasaki, Shanghai, Korea and Yokohama;
thence to Australia, the islands of the Pacific, San Francisco and home,
expecting to arrive in the Fall of 1885. He writes that they have
everywhere been the recipients of the most
In his religious views, he is an Episcopalian. In politics, he is a Republican.
He was married June 28, 1882, to Miss Maud Hazard, of Newport, Rhode
Island. They have one child, Goodwin, born June 1, 1883.
Source: "Memorialia of the Class of '64 in Dartmouth College" compiled by John C. Webster, Shepard & Johnston, Printers, 1884, Chicago
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