Another source of data related to the wreck of the Brig Hannah
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The wreck of the Hannah
We (the Newry Telegraph) by this weeks 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.
By the last mail you will have heard of the melancholy loss of the ship, Hannah, Captain Shaw, which sailed from Warrenpoint for this port, with passengers on the 3 day of April last. Many of the passengers went down with the vessel, or later perished miserably on the ice; but the exact loss cannot now be ascertained, as the ships list of their number and description was lost.- I enclose you a printed list of the persons saved, the publication of which, in The Telegraph, will answer all the purposes of a full list of all lost and saved - as the friends of those parties who sailed by the Hannah, and who are not mentioned in the enclosed, will understand that all such are among those who perished. It would appear that great blame is to be attached to Captain Shaw in this melancholy affair, whose cowardice and complete inhumanity are said to have been shocking and conspicuous throughout.
Here is repeated report of Captain Marshall. See Monday June 4.
Part of this report badly torn in 11th June edition of Armagh Guardian.
The Doctors 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 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, provided by 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:
James Murphy and wife;
William Tadford, wife and child (1 child lost);
Michael McGill, wife and two children;
Owen McCourt and wife;
Patrick McGurk, with wife and two children;
Joseph Kerr, wife and 2 children (5 children lost);
Alexander Thompson, wife and 4 children, (father and mother, and his child lost);
Peter Murphy, wife and child;
John Delaney, wife and sister;
Wm. Henderson, wife and 4 children (1 child lost);
John Murphy, wife and 4 children (2 children lost);
David Garvin, and wife;
Ann McGinn (6 children lost);
Ann McEwan and sister (2 brothers and 2 sisters lost);
Henry Grant and wife (4 children lost);
Ann Lennon, daughters, 2 sons and niece;
Daniel McGuigan and brother;
Thomas Cannon, sister and 2 brothers; (father, mother, and the children’s niece lost);
Edward McElhern, wife and child (mother, and 6 of his children lost);
Patrick McGrory, wife and 3 children, (4 children lost);
James Ward, wife and 4 children;
Alice McKinley and cousin;
Peter Loughran,wife and 6 children;
Eliza Perdue and 2 daughters;
Thomas Quin, brother and brother and sister-in-law;
Jane Thompson and sister, (father and mother lost);
Mary Ann Brantford; Peter McFarlane, (father, mother, and two brothers lost);
Michael Grant, mother, sister, uncle, and brother – all the foregoing persons listed are from the County Armagh.
Patrick McGinn; John Tuft and son, (wife and 2 children lost); County
Andrew Kelly, County Tyrone;
Joseph Murphy and sister, children - South of Ireland.
Catherine Hart – place unknown.
Total number ascertained to be lost, 49, which with 127, the number saved made 176, the total number supposed to be embarked at Warrenpoint.
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