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Ship Arrivals at the Port of Saint John, 1847

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The following is taken from the Saint John, New Brunswick, Courier, published each Saturday. Starting on July 3, 1847, the Courier printed the list of the dead at the Quarantine Station, Partridge Island.

Saturday, December 4, 1847

Date Vessel Master Sailed From Passengers Consigned/Comments
Arrived at the Port of Saint John Saturday, December 4, 1847
No arrivals            
  The Washington Union publishes an official statement showing the debt of the United States on the 1st Nov. to be $45,122,423.

The first vessel of the Cunard line of steamers between Liverpool and Jersey City, is expected at the new wharf in the latter port early in December; and the City Council has constituted Aldermen Strong, Gilchrist, Vroom, Harrison, and Grinnell, a Committee to report upon such measures on the part of the city as they may deem befitting an occasion of so much interest to the community.-New York Adv. Nov 26.

Steamboat Burnt, and Great Loss of Life.
A despatch dated Petersburg, Nov. 26, says, that on Sunday morning last, the propeller Phnix, bound up to the Lakes, with two hundred passengers, was discovered to be on fire when within seventeen miles of Bayou. Thirty persons took to the small boats and were saved; the balance met their death either by burning or drowning.

One hundred and fifty of the passengers were emigrating Hollanders.

A fine copper fastened Barque, of about 450 tons, built at the Bend of Petitcodiac, by Messrs. Cochrane & McEwen, for Mr. Hugh Davidson, of this city, was towed into port on Saturday last, by the Steamer Maid of Erin. Her materials and workmanship are said to be of a very superior description.-Observer.

Steam Ferry Boat at Indian Town
It will be seen by a notice in an advertising column, that a Steam Ferry Boat is now plying across the river at Indian Town. Such an accommodation has been much required, and must be a great public convenience.

Wreck of the Margaret Jane
The Hull and Materials of the Brigaatine[sic] Margaret Jane, from London, for this port, wrecked at Baulch's Beach, Tresscott, (Me.) On Tuesday week, was sold at Auction on Monday last, for $667. We learn from a gentleman who was present at the sale, that the British Consul at Eastport-Mr. Sherwood-in the discharge of his duty, and as Lloyd's Agent, was doing all in his power to protect the interest of the Underwriters, and owners of the goods-which have been partily saved, and taken to Cutler, (Me.)-where they will be sold in ten days or a fortnight. The U.S. Cutter Alert, Captain Whitcomb, was employed since the wreck, in superintending the landing and saving a portion of the cargo. Capt. W. is entitled to much praise, for the trouble he has taken, in what he conceives to be the discharge of his duty. We understand that the letters and papers by the Margaret Jane are in the Post Office at Robbinston, where they will remain in consequence of the American postage not being paid upon them.

Emigrant Hospital
The report from the Emigrant Hospital for the week ending the 3d inst. Follows:

Remaining in Hospital on the 26th ult.414
Admitted since,137
Discharged, 12; Died, 9,21


Of the above admissions, 182 are Emigrant Paupers and were admitted into the Alms House for Emigrants. [note: this item is in a torn part of the paper]

Saturday, December 11, 1847

Date Vessel Master Sailed From Passengers Consigned/Comments
Arrived at the Port of St. John Saturday, December 11, 1847
No arrivals            
  Report from the Emigrant Hospital for the week ending Friday the 10th inst.
Remaining in Hospital on the 3rd inst.580
Admitted since,49
Discharged, 28; Died, 11,39


The Steamer Acadia, 80 hours from Boston, arrived at Halifax last Saturday night, and proceeded on her voyage to Liverpool on Sunday morning. Sir Henry Vere Hutley, late Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island, and the Rev. Mr. Gallaway, of this City, were among the passengers.

The Steamer Britannia, with the second November Mail, arrived at Halifax last Monday night, after a stormy passage of upwards of 17 days from Liverpool. The Letter-portion of the Mail for this Province and Canada was despatched at seven o'clock the next morning, and arrived in St. John at 3 A.M. on Thursday last, when the letters from Canada, &c. were forthwith sent off to Fredericton by the Nerepis road. The newspaper bags for Canada were also sent from Halifax by express, but being extremely heavy, and the roads bad, they did not reach our Post Office until after seven o'clock last evening. The British papers for St. John were received by the regular Halifax Mail this morning.

Our extracts are chiefly made from a Liverpool paper of the latest date, which, with other English journals, we received immediately on the arrival of the Express Stage,-Thomas M. Smith Esq., who was a passenger by that conveyance, having punctually delivered them at the earliest moment.

Sir Donald Campbell, the new Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island, and Mr. Pope, Speaker of the Assembly, came passengers in the Britannia.

The New Mail Contract
Cunard Steamers
We have been favored with the perusal of a copy of the contract entered into on the 1st July, 1846, between the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty and Messrs. Cunard, Burns and McIver, for the conveyance of Her Majesty's Mails between England and North America, and other official documents connected therewith, and learn from them that the contractors are to provide a vessel to proceed on every alternate Saturday during April and the seven following months, and on every fourth Saturday during the months of December, January, February and March from Liverpool to Halifax and Boston, and then, vice versa, on every alternate Saturday during May and the seven following months, and on every fourth Saturday during the other four months, from Boston, via Halifax, to Liverpool; and that similar voyages alternately with the former are to be made to and from Liverpool and New York.

Under this agreement the contractors are only required to despatch one Steamer from Liverpool during the present month, namely on the 4th; but, with a view to commencement from both sides of the Atlantic of the increased service from and after the 1st January, 1848, the contractors have obtained permission of the Admiralty to despatch one of their vessels from Liverpool to Halifax and Boston on Saturday the 18th of December. A Mail will therefore leave Liverpool on that day, and Mails will leave Liverpool for New York, and New York for Liverpool on Saturday the 1st and Saturday the 29th January, and so on; while, on the Boston route, the Mails will leave Liverpool for Boston and Boston for Liverpool on Saturday the 15th January and Saturday the 12th February next and so on, until the commencement of the summer service. On each voyage out and home, the Packets will touch at Halifax until farther orders.

The contractors are required to be provided from the 1st January, 1848, with eight good and efficient Steam Vessels, each to be supplied with Engines of not less than four hundred horse power, and from the 31st December, 1848, with nine such vessels, of such construction and strength as to be fit to carry guns of the largest calibre now used on board Her Majesty's Steam Vessels of War, and to be equipped in the most efficient manner for the Packet service.

If required by the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, the Steamers are to call at Holyhead in the Irish Channel, for the purpose of receiving and delivering Mails, and in case of stress of weather or other unavoidable circumstance, the Steamers should not be able to //////////////get rest

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