The Story of Fortuna

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While public speaking is nothing new for Carole Bradshaw, becoming an author is. Over the years, she has told the Fortuna story to many organizations throughout New Jersey. When a routine walk on the beach unfolded into an incredible story, she was urged to record her adventures in a book which she did in Fortuna. Carole still walks the beaches of Long Beach Island, New Jersey looking for treasures, though she doubts she will ever find another as grand.

Please join us at the NJ Maritime Museum on Friday, January 22 at 7:00 pm when Carole will bring the story of the Fortuna to life again. Reservations are required by calling 609-492-0202. Refreshments will be available. There is no admission fee but donations are always appreciated.

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  • Mrs Rhona Davies

    I have inherited a ship’s clock with Fortuna written on it and I would like to find out more about it and wondered if you could help …

    • Hilary Stern

      Mrs Rhonda Davies, Carole Bradshaw wrote a book “Fortuna” that you may be very interested in reading. I actually just finished reading it today. My parents have the ships wheel from the Fortuna at their home in Upper Michigan. They inherited it from my great grandmother who purchased it at an auction from the Engelside Hotel in Beach Haven NJ in the 40’s. Owning a piece of the history of the ship made reading the book even more emotional and enjoyable. I would encourage you to pick up a copy of the book if you haven’t already. I do have contact information for Carole Bradshaw if you are interested. Best regards, Hilary Stern

      • Deb

        Hilary, I’m guessing you are the daughter of Leigh who is the sister of David with whom I have been communicating for several months. I have also been communicating with Ms Rhona Davies regarding her clock. Rhona lives in Durban, South Africa. Thanks to Ms Davies,I have connected with some very knowledgeable historians in South Africa and I am slowly unraveling the story behind her clock which has the inscription “Fortuna – Port St Johns”. I can tell you that her clock is in no way related to the ship for which your family has the ship’s wheel. I plan to have the research on the clock concluded prior to meeting with a group of very important people in late April in Beach Haven. I trust you know what I’m talking about. I will make sure you get the same information. If you want to contact me directly, send to Thank you.

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