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Wreck of the bark Atlantic 1840 (courtesy of Harry Dodsworth)

Montreal Gazette, June 4, 1840 [datelined Quebec June 2]


The brig Hero, Millar, which arrived yesterday from St. John's, Newfoundland, brought eighteen passengers from the wreck of the Atlantic, of which event we have collected the following particulars.
The new bark Atlantic, of Perth, (284 tons) George Morton, master, from Dundee to Quebec with a general cargo, ran on shore near Cape St. Francis, Newfoundland, at half past eleven o'clock, on the night of Tuesday, 5th May. The passengers, twenty seven in number, and the crew had a miraculous escape but all succeeded in getting ashore with the exception of a boy named Hogg, who was undoubtedly drowned. From a Newfoundland paper brought by Capt. Millar of the Hero with a perusal of which we have been favoured, we learn that the passengers of the Atlantic arrived in St. John's, the capital of the island, in a very destitute condition, and appeals were being made to the charitable public, to secure them assistance of which they stood in need. Scarcely an article of clothing was saved from the wreck - the loss of the ship having been almost the work of an instant, and the circumstances superceding every consideration but the preservation of life; many got on the shore as they rushed from their beds, on being aroused from the shock. His Excellency the Governor of Newfoundland promptly and humanely sent to their assistance, on being informed of their situation.
They reached St. John's, from the wreck of the Atlantic at Pouch Cove, overland; not, however, without much difficulty; and some of them have sufferred injuries in the awful dangers which they have providentially escaped.

The following is a list of the passengers, who have arrived in Quebec, from the wreck of the Atlantic. We have no doubt that the national Charitable Societies of this city, on whom they may have claims, will immediately take into consideration the situation of such of them as stand in need of relief.

Thomas Rutherford
Peter Macfarlane, engineer
Alexander Mackenzie, currier
Donald M'Gregor with a wife and three children, labourer
Benjamin Hogg, labourer, with a wife and three children
Henry Burgie, farrier[1], with a wife and one child
James Robertson, merchant
John Duff, a boy
total 18, the others, nine in number, remained in St. John's.

Montreal Gazette, July 2.
. The body of the unfortunate boy Hogg, [snipped], drifted ashore last week at Holyrood, when it was taken up by the humane people and decently interred.

1) It is unclear whether the occupation is farrier, furrier or farmer!


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