FW: Brig Hannah, April 1849, Quebecþ
Are you or do you know any survivors of the Brig Hannah voyage April 1849?
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From: Erin Matheson
To: 'Erin Matheson'
Sent: Thursday, March 06, 2008 11:37 AM
Subject: FW: Brig Hannah, April 1849, Quebecþ
Dear SPS Members and Friends,
A Concordia University Irish Studies student, who received the St. Patrick's Society Scholarship, has sent us the following email.
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From: Simon Jolivet [mailto:simonjolivet@...]
Sent: February 28, 2008 1:10 PM
To: Simon Jolivet
Subject: Brig Hannah, April 1849, Quebecþ
A film production based in Montreal wants to shoot a documentary about the Brig Hannah which sank in the St. Lawrence River in 1849. They are intensively trying to find descendants of the survivors. Nearly all the passengers came from the Forkhill area, Co. Armagh.
«Were your ancestors survivors of the tragic Hannah wreck? A documentary production about Irish Famine immigrants to Canada in 19th Century is looking for descendants of Irish ancestors who survived the sinking of the Hannah and settled in the province of Quebec. On April 29th, 1849, the Brig Hannah, sailing from Newry, (Ulster province) to Quebec, under the command of Captain Curry Shaw, hit an iceberg and sank in the Golfe du Saint-Laurent. At least 180 passengers were travelling on this boat, mostly Irish emigrants coming from the Forkhill area (Co. Armagh). Some died on the same iceberg that wrecked the boat, but miraculously, at least 120 survived 24 hours on the ice before being picked up by a passing ship. These 120 survivors all passed through Grosse-Ile and Quebec City before to settle in Ontario, USA and Quebec. If you or someone you know has heard the tale of the Hannah passed down through the generations and live in Quebec, please contact us at the co-ordinates below. Thank you very much for your attention.
Here's a partial list of the survivors who may have settled in Quebec: William Tadford (wife and child); Michael McGill (wife and 2 children); Owen McCourt (wife); Patrick McGuikr (wife and 2 children); Joseph Kerr (wife and 2 children); John Delany (wife and sister); William Henderson (wife and 4 children); Henry Grant (wife); William Wood; Eliza Blackstock; Samuel Henderson; Edward Nugent; Edward McElhern (wife and child); Patrick McGrory (wife and 3 children); Eliza Perdue; Jane Thompson (sister); Mary Anne Brantford; Peter Bennett; James McKeough (wife); Patrick McGinn; John Tuft (son); Andrew Kelly; Joseph Murphy (sister and child); Catherine Hart.
Contact Hugh John Murray and + 514 – 273-4252 ext. 293 – hjmurray@...
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