Shipwrecks & Names of Passengers/Crew 1830-1873 online
- Hi Everyone
I hope the holidays were terrific for all. I have just
finished putting online a set of records for all to enjoy.
It is a list of vessels sailing out of Gloucester
Massachusetts, and their crews who were lost at sea
between the years 1830 to October 1, 1873.
There are 1437 names of those lost, plus the names of 296
Vessels in this set of records. Sometimes passengers were
on board, as well as crew members
Olive Tree Volunteers have finished up to 1860 so I have
put these online. The rest will follow as completed.
Start at the intro then click through by year for lists of
Some of the places mentioned where the ships went down are
given as Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Boston, Maine,
There are interesting tidbits with the lists, both of those
who died and those who survived. For example the tale of
this young man on board the Sevo in 1857, would be great to
have if he is your ancestor!
"Winthrop Sargent, a lad of twelve years crawled out to the
end of the bowsprit, and as the vessal was going down,
grasped a splitting table which floated by, and by his
cries attracted the attention of those on board the
steamer, who rescued him with much difficulty" The story
goes on to add "On the return trip of the steamer, young
Sargent was brought home,and at two o'clock in the morning,
was landed at Eastern point, and lad though he was,
commenced his lonely journey of walking to town. He reached
his father's house at about four o'clock, and knowing that
he slept in a bed-room on the lower floor, tapped on the
window. His father immediately awoke and exclaimed, "Who
is there?", "It's your boy Winthrop, " was the reply. Mr.
Sargent at first thought it must be the ghost of the lad,
as he had given him up as drowned, but young Winthrop had
no idea of being taken for a ghost, and soon gave evidence
that he was alive and well, which caused great rejoicing in
the family. "
Here's an example of what you can find written about those
who perished: "Schooner JOHN FRANKLIN was lost while coming
from Prince Edward Island, in the winter of 1858-59. Had
several passengers on board, and it is supposed fourteen
persons went down in this vessel. Her Crew list was as
follows: John McDonald, Master; Dennis Murphy, Mate, John
Cogle, Neil McNeil, Angus Chisholm, Edward Malady. The
family of Cogle were among the Passengers"
It's interesting reading, and I hope you find an ancestor
or two! Enjoy, and please pass this message on to any
people or any lists you think might be interested.