On the evening of March 5, 1866 the Libelle (Dragonfly,) bound for Hong Kong from San Francisco having last stopped in Honolulu, shipwrecked on Wake. They were stranded on the atoll for approximately three weeks. On March 27, 22-people crammed themselves about Libelle’s 22-foot longboat, piloted by Tobias’ first mate. The captain took four sailors and three Chinese on a 20-foot gig.
The long boat travelled 1,300-miles and made it to Guam in 18-days. The Captains boat was never hear from again. Salvage crews faced a similar fate as the Libelle – winds changed and their schooner took her anchor and put out to sea and was never seen again. They and the Libelle’s cargo were rescued a few months later.