I haven't read Bowers book so I don't know if this is covered in there but
it rather stupid to be sending a ship like this loaded with passengers and gold
in this part of the Atlantic ocean right in the middle of the hurricane season?
I know they didn't have sophisticated weather forecasting back then, probably
just old sailors tales of "red at morning sailor take warning" or whatever it
was. I know the national weather service didn't exist or the weather channel.
By 1857 they must have had an understanding of approx. when the hurricane
season began and ended. Maybe they feel they had to take the chance anyway.