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!! Connaught Journal; July 26, 1824 "Shipwreck of Jessie"

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL Galway, Monday, July 26, 1824 SHIPWRECK OF THE BRIG JESSIE It has never been our lot to record a more melancholy catastrophe than the
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 18, 2004
      Galway, Monday, July 26, 1824

      It has never been our lot to record a more melancholy catastrophe than the
      loss of this vessel, on her homeward passage to this port form the River St.
      Lawrence. The intelligence is brought by the Mary Ford, which arrived here from
      Pictou on Tuesday last. The Jessie, a fine new vessel of 310 tons burden,
      commanded by Captain M'Alpine, a gentleman distinguished for his general
      talents, and particularly for his skill as a seaman and a naval architect,
      sailed form Three Rivers, in Prince Edward's Island, on the 22d of December
      last, a period of the year somewhat later than usual for an European voyage.
      Nothing was known of the vessel and crew for several months, and it was so
      generally supposed that she would never again be heard of, that we understand a
      settlement was in contemplation by the underwriters with the parties interested.
      It chanced, however, that on the 19th of May last, the master of the mail boat
      from Prince Edward's Island to Pictou, discovered part of the wreck of a vessel,
      stranded on the Isle of St. Paul's, a barren rock about half a mile in
      circumference, 200 miles from Cape Breton, and 3 to 400 from Three Rivers. It
      was soon discovered to be the remains of the Jessie, but no living creature was
      to be seen near her. On landing, the boatmen found a weather beaten temporary
      hut, and within it the awful spectacle of the passengers and crew of the Jessie,
      22 in number, all dead! From the remnant of barrels, and other appearances, it
      was evident that on being wrecked on this dreary and inhospitable spot, they had
      succeeded in erecting the hut with such materials as had been washed on shore
      from the wreck, and had saved some portion of the provisions; but after the most
      dreadful sufferings from cold, owing to inadequate shelter and the want of food
      and fuel, they had perished under the united rigours of famine, and the storms
      of an almost polar winter. What their sufferings must have been, or how long the
      strongest amongst them were doomed to behold the pallid bodies of their
      companions while the finger of death pressed upon their own, there is no longer
      to tell. There were amongst them, besides the lamented commander of the brig,
      Mr. Donald M'Kay, the owner of the vessel, and Mr. Forbes, of Miramichi, a
      partner of Mr. Drinkwater of this town. The names of the other officers and crew
      of the brig we have not been able to ascertain. On the intelligence of the
      catastrophe reaching Prince Edward's Island, a small vessel was dispatched to
      bring the bodies for interment at that place; but, owing to the change in the
      atmosphere, they were found to be in such a state of decay, that it was
      necessary to perform the last sad duties of humanity on the spot where they
      perished. -- Liverpool Paper.

      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Ireland Old News
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