The Mary carrying famine emigrants
From Saint John, New Brunswick, Morning News
Friday, May 28, 1847
The Brig Mary set sail from the Cobh of Cork Ireland, in April 1847. The passengers were all Irish. Their intended destination was the United States,the port of Boston. The Mary arrived on May 17th, but the passengers being in such a poor and destitute condition, the Boston city authorities would not allow them to disembark unless the captain was prepared to pay a bond for their care and welfare.
The captain was unwilling to pay such a bond, so the decision was made to sail on to Halifax, Nova Scotia. The passengers protested but to no avail, and The Mary set sail for Halifax May 22nd 1847. A newspaper account from the Boston papers was published in the Saint John, NB, Morning News on Friday, May 28, 1847.
On Friday, June 4, 1847, The Christian Messenger Halifax, reported "Arrived Friday 28th; Brig Mary, Cork via Boston, 46 passengers who were prohibited from landing at Boston."
A notation reads "The above named vessel sailed without discharging her passengers, the Captain refusing to give the bond required by the State of Mass."
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