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The Hannah



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

Authentic Particulars.

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.
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 3rd of April last. Many of the passengers went down with the vessel, or perished miserably on the ice; but the exact loss cannot now be ascertained, as the ship's 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 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:

James Murphy and wife

William Tedford, 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 two 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

William Wood

Thomas Cannon, sister and 2 brothers (father, mother, and the children's nurse lost)

Eliza Blackstock

Edward McElhern, wife and child (mother, and 6 of his children lost)

Edward Nugent

Charles Mulholland

Samuel Henderson

Patrick McGrory, wife and 3 children,(4 children lost)

James Ward, wife and 4 children

Alice McKinley and cousin

James McVerry

Peter Loughran, wife and 6 children

Eliza Perdue and 2 daughters

Thomas Quinn, brother & 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


the foregoing persons are from the County Armagh


Patrick McGinn

from County Down

John Tuft and son, (wife and 2 children lost)

Andrew Kelly

from County Tyrone


Joseph Murphy and sister, children

from South of Ireland


Catherine Hart

From place "unknown"


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.-

John Offin,

 John Smith,

John Parker,

 Richard Harwin,

Alexander Harris,

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.

in the Armagh Guardian

on Captain Marshall's list

William Tadford

William Tedford

David Garvin

David Gurvin or Girvin

Patrick McGinn

Patrick McGill

Peter McFarlane

Peter McFarline

Ann McGinn

Ann McGenn

Owen McCourt

Owen McCourse

Patrick McGurk

Patrick McGuerk

John Delaney

John Delva

Ann McEwan

Ann McEuan

Ann Lennon

Ann Lonvan

Daniel McGuigan

Daniel McGruggin

William Wood

William Woase

Thomas Cannon

Thomas Carvon

Eliza Blackstock

Eliza Blackstack

John Tuft

John Dufel or Dufet

Patrick McGrory

Patrick McGorry

James Ward

James Wand

Alice McKinley

Alexander McKenley

Peter Loughran

Peter Longhoun

Jane Thompson

James Thompson

Catherine Hart

Catherine Hant

not on Guardian list

Peter Bennet

not on Guardian list

John Hanlin, wife & six children

not on Guardian list

James McKeough & wife

Michael Grant, mother, sister, uncle, and brother

Michael Grant (mother, sister, uncle, and brother, not on Captain list)

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