The Brig Hannah of Maryport, Captain Curry Shaw, from Warrenpoint Newry to Quebec April 3rd 1849
Thirty-four survivors remained aboard the barque Nicaragua, Captain William Marshall, and arrived at Quebec on May 14th 1849. On the 30th April, Captain Marshall transferred twenty-eight survivors to the barque Broom from Glasgow and seventeen to the barque Lord Byron and twenty-two to the barque Aldebaran. On the 2nd of May, another twenty survivors were transferred to the Port of Glasgow.
extracted from: Newry Telegraph June 4th & 11th, 1849
THE WRECK OF THE 'HANNAH'.
We (Newry Telegraph) by this week's mail from America, have received, from a friend in Quebec, the following communication relative to the loss of the brig 'Hannah' from this port. For the perfect accuracy of the representation of our correspondent, we can unhesitatingly vouch; and his statement, with the explanatory list setting forth the names of the parties saved and lost, and specifying the counties whence they had emigrated will be read with much interest, and will have the effect of allaying the deep and painful anxiety which the tidings of the disastrous occurrence excited in the minds of many of the inhabitants of the rural districts adjacent to Newry:-
Quebec, 18th May, 1849.
It would appear that great blame is to be attached to Captain Shaw, in this melancholy affair, whose cowardice and inhumanity are said to have been conspicuous throughout. (Here is repeated report of Captain Marshall. See Monday June 4th edition of Armagh Guardian). The Doctor's disposition, with that of Richard Irving, one of the sailors on board the Hannah, (which corroborate each other) are both forwarded by this mail to Mr. James Ferguson, the charterer of the vessel. The surviving passengers arrived at Quebec, of course in a miserably destitute and almost naked condition; but through the active and benevolent exertions of Mr. Hyde, a sum of 50 Pounds and a large quantity of clothing, were collected from the charitably disposed, and they were enabled to proceed free, and with each a small supply of money, to their several destinations, comfortably clad, and without any loss of time. The head-money, which would have been leviable on the passengers, had the Hannah arrived in port, was handed by Messrs. Hyde & McBlain, on account of Mr. Ferguson, to the Emigration Agent, and by him repaid to the surviving passengers.
List of passengers per brig 'Hannah', Curry Shaw, master, from the port of Newry, Ireland, which was wrecked by the ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, on the 29th April, 1849, distinguishing those saved and those lost, as nearly as can be ascertained:
Total number ascertained to be lost, 49, which, with 127, the number saved, made 176, the total number supposed to be embarked.
It is known that Alexander Thompson, his wife and four children;
William Tedford, wife and one child;
William Anderson, wife and four children;
John Murphy, wife and four children;
David Gurwin [Gurvin, Garvin] and wife,
Patrick McGill or McGinn ,
James Murphy and wife;
Joseph Kerr, wife and two children;
Ann McGinn (all her six young children lost);
Dr. William Graham;
Peter McFearling (his father, mother and rest of the family drowned),
also the following seamen of the Hannah.-
and David Jordan,
arrived at Quebec aboard the Nicaragua.
It is ascertained from Captain Marshall's petition for compensation, that the following survivors arrived at Quebec aboard the vessel Port of Glasgow. Michael McGill, wife and two children; Owen McCourt and wife; Patrick McGurk, wife and two children; Peter Murphy, wife and one child; John Delaney [Delva], wife and sister; James Murphy and wife and sister's child.
Captain William Marshall of the barque Nicaragua, of Gloucester, maintained a list of passengers victualled by him. He recorded the names of some of the passengers differently than the list in the Armagh Guardian and included some names not listed in the Guardian.
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