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The Brig Mary

The brig Mary sailed from Cork April 1847 /arriving. Halifax, N.S., (via Boston) May 28th 1847


Brig Mary of Yarmouth, from the port of Cork, Ireland to Boston, Mass., dated May 21st 1847. Burthen 82 tons, Joseph Wyman, the Master.

The passenger list does not include the Captain's "sworn statement" however, a notation reads

"The above named vessel sailed without discharging her passengers, the Captain refusing to give the bonds required by the State Laws." (Passenger list Source: Famine Emigrants NAI}

No.

Names

Age

Sex / Remarks

1

Donaghue, Thomas

24

male

2

Kelleher, Timothy

22

male

3

Coghlan, Samuel

24

male

4

Flanaghan, Thomas

29

male

5

Carlin Ellen

2?

female

6

Walsh, Thomas

20

male

7

Shea, William

19

male

8

Cavanagh, Joseph

21

male

9

Cavanagh, John

20

male

10

Fenerty, Samuel

30

male

11

Callaghan, Ellen

30

female -

12

Callaghan, Johanna

8

female

13

Callaghan, Mary

9

female

14

Callaghan, Ellen

37

female

15

Callaghan, Bridget

6

female

16

Callaghan, Catharine

8

female

17

Turner, Thomas

20

male

18

Sullivan, Daniel

?6?

male

19

Connor, Michael

40

male

20

Connor, Margaret

40

female

21

Connor, James

17

male

22

Connor, Catharine

15

female

23

Connor, Mary

15

female

24

Connor, Thomas

11

male

25

Manning, Michael

20

male

26

Collins, Thomas

20

male

27

Brien, Jeremiah

20

male

28

Brien, Margaret

26

female

29

Brien, Bridget

21

female

30

Brien, Johanna

2

female

31

Brien, Mary

2

female

32

Noonan, Edward Clonmaney

40

male

33

Mahony, Jeremiah

33

male

34

Sullivan, Patrick

22

male

35

Daly, James

20

male

36

Daly, Timothy

20

male

37

Murphy, Dennis

20

male

38

Driscoll, Timothy

25

male

39

Atkinson, Eliza

25

female

40

Bowles, Patrick

27

male

41

Brown, John

20

male

42

Connor, John

25

male

43

Lovatt, Simon

20

male -

44

Sullivan, John

20

male

45

Sullivan, Con.

22

male

46

Sullivan, Daniel

19

male


Saint John, NB, Morning News Friday, May 28, 1847

Disturbance in Boston harbour 


The British Brig Mary, Captain Wyman from Cork, arrived at this port Monday, May 17th 1847 with forty-six Irish steerage passengers. The city authorities would not allow them to be landed, owing to their destitute condition, unless the master gave bonds that they would not become a burthen to the city. This he was unable or unwilling to do, and came to the conclusion that he must take them to Halifax, for which port he accordingly cleared on Saturday May 22nd 1847. The passengers were naturally much exasperated at the turn matters were taking, and when the pilot ordered the crew to weigh anchor, the passengers took possession at the handspikes and windlass, and assaulted Capt. Wyman, who called to his assistance Capt. Josiah Sturgis, of the revenue cutter HMS Hamilton, who went on board with six men and attempted in his usually judicious and dispassionate manner, to restore order, and directed his men to man the windlass.

The passengers crowded forward, obstructing the operation in various ways, and while the Captain stood upon the windlass encouraging his men, one of the passengers, who appeared to take the lead, got upon the windlass and collared the gallant captain, attempting to remove him. But Capt Sturgis instantly flung him several feet, landing him prostrate upon the deck, and made a signal for a reinforcement from the Hamilton, when another boat's crew, armed with cutlasses and swords, came on board. Capt Sturgis ordered the women and children to go aft, and the men to fall back from the windlass, which they did. He then got the brig under weigh, and accompanied her some distance, leaving her with a fair and fresh breeze.

 


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