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ShipDisasters & Lost Lives,1857

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ShipDisasters & Lost Lives,1857

William T. Hill (View posts)
Posted: 17 Feb 2003 6:38PM GMT
Classification: Death
Surnames: Randall,Durant,Lacosta,Vance,Baird,Crowe,Fraser,Curry,Davies,Bruce,Atwood,Barss,Cook(2),Peddy,Henderson,White
Transcribed from the Halifax ACADIAN RECORDER

Oct.10,1857
ANTIGONISH,OCT.8
A telegraph despatch from Canso, dated Oct. 5, announces the total wreck of the schooner MESSENGER at Tittle Island on the night of Saturday last-crew and part of the cargo saved. The Messenger was owned by E. RANDALL, Esq., of Little River, and left this place a day or two previous to the disaster. She was bound for Halifax with a cargo of butter and fish, shipped by several of the Merchants about here. We understand there was no insurance on either vessel or cargo.[CASKET.

Also a writeup-MURDER of the CAPTAIN and two of the CREW of a BRITISH VESSEL by INDIANS- from Kingston,Jamaica-Captain DURANT; the cook; and a young man named LACOSTA, on the Spainish Main at Honua.[I will transcribe this article for anyone interested]

Oct.24, 1857
A correspondent at Londonderry [Colchester County,N.S.] informs us that the body of William VANCE,(of whom it will be remembered was some weeks ago stated that he had been missing since the 22nd of August last), was found on the 12th inst., at high water mark near James BAIRD's at Onslow. An inquest was held by David V. CROWE, Esq., one of the Coroners for the County. VERDICT-Accidental death by drowning.[COLONIST.

Schooner MARIE ANTOINETTE from Isle Valen, for Halifax, went ashore at Camp Island, near Mary [Marie ?] Joseph, 14th inst., vessel and cargo total wreck. Crew saved.

WATERFORD (Passage) Sept.29-Put in, the ENTERPRISE, schr., FRASER, of and from Digby,N.S.,(deals) for Dublin, dismasted on the 22nd inst., in lat 51.50 N, lon 21.30W, in a white squall, which broke her two masts off; lost the greater part of all their sails, yards, and rigging. Continued his course under lugsails for seven days until the morning of the 29th inst., when in the vicinity of Saltecs she was taken in tow by one of the Waterford pilot cutters, and towed to the Passage of Waterford, where she now remains.

Nov. 7, 1857
Key West advices state that the brigt. BELLE, of and for Halifax, 19 days from Jamaica, in ballast, was wrecked 8th Oct., on French Reef, and became a total loss. The wreckers saved the lives of the officers and crew, and also succeeded in getting the vessel's chains, anchors, rigging and sails. The U. States Marshall libelled the vessel, and sold it at auction for $450.[Boston paper.

Schr. PICTOU PACKET, CURRY, hence for Pictou, was ashore at Canso, but got off and was ready for sea on the afternoon of the 4th.

CHARLOTTETOWN,P.E.Island,Oct.30-The bark GARLA, of Milford, England, Thomas DAVIES, master, in ballast, on her voyage from Milford to Richmond, in Baie de Chaleur, was driven on shore at Savage Harbour, on the North side of this Island, in the dreadful gale on Tuesday night, the 27th inst., the crew managed, with great difficulty, to effect a landing. Lloyd's Agent will proceed immediately to the wreck, to have a survey held, and do the best for all concerned; from the position of the ship and the injury she has received, it is generally supposed that she will not be got off. Great credit is given by the inhabitants on the coast to the master and crew for their exertions in endeavouring to keep the vessel off the land almost at the risk of their own lives.

Nov.21, 1857
Bark PEACE, of and for London, from Richibucto, took fire on the 29th of Oct., off Cape North, and was abandoned. The captain and crew landed in the boats at Neil's Harbour, and arrived in Halifax, per Steamer OSPRAY, from Sydney.

Ship MIC-MAC, at Charleston from Halifax, on the 30th ult., lat 40.16,lon 63.50, experienced a sudden and severe gale from the WSW, during which carried away mainyard and lost several sails.

Dec. 5, 1857
DRUMORE,NOV.4-A boat apparently American, built of oak, with carved bottom, clincker upper works, and copper fastened, 15 feet keel, painted white inside, black and white outside, with a yellow and red ribbon round her, and painted on the outside of the stern EMERALD, Windsor, N.S., was picked up at Sandhead on the 2nd November.

DUBLIN,NOV.6-The brig BRILL, of Digby,N.S., from Glasgow to Marseilles with pig iron, has been towed into this port today, with four feet water in her hold, having been ashore at Arklow Bank. She is discharking her cargo.

GUYSBORO,DEC.1-The 3-masted brigt ONTARIO, BRUCE, from New York for Newfoundland, took fire on the afternoon of the 26th of November, originating from matches which composed part of the cargo, and was run ashore at Whitehead about dark. The captain and crew were saved, but the vessel is a total loss.

GUYSBOROUGH,NOV.24-[article about unnamed brig or bark, struck on Shoal Point, near New Harbor,total wreck,no mention of crew, as vessel appeared to have been in a capsized state for a long time.]

Dec.12, 1857
Brigt GOLDEN AGE, William ATWOOD, Master, of and from Halifax, bound to Ponce, Porto Rico, was on the 9th November, struck and thrown on her beam ends by a heavy squall. All hands on board were lost, except the second mate. The mate arrived here per Steamer DELTA, from St. Thomas.

Dec.26, 1857
DISTRESSING LOSS OF LIFE-Extract of a letter, dated Burnt Island,N.F., Nov.25th-Drowned on the 22nd instant, James BARSS,(captain of schr BLOOMER), John COOK, Francis PEDDY, (carpenter), John HENDERSON, and WHITE, an Englishman, all of Guysborough,N.S.-The cause of the loss of these five industrious, sober young men is as follows: they were in the employ of Thomas C. COOK, who is doing business on the Island. On the 21st a vessel was seen to enter a harbor about a mile east of where they were, and being desirous to hear from home (a name dear to those who know what it is to have one) they procurred a boat, the rudder could not be found, but got an oar. The sea being very rough at the time the oar was knocked out of the hand of the steersman, and the boat becoming unmanageable, was driven among breakers, and broken to pieces, and all found a watery grave; they were warned by a man on shore to keep away, but could do nothing to save themselves, nor could any assistance be given them, the place being so very dangerous.They were all expected home about Christmas; but it has been ordered otherwise. Oh, dear Frank, well may thy mourning relatives and friends weep, and he who pens these few lines knows thy loss. No more shall we have thy kind services watching at the sick bed the long winter nights, nor greet thy return here after long absence.

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