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The brig/brigantine Mary sailed from Cork, date unknown, but probably in April. The passengers were all Irish, and their intended destination was the United States, via the port of Boston. The Mary arrived at Boston May 17th 1847, but the passengers were in such a destitute condition, the city authorities would not allow them to land unless the captain was willing to pay a bond for their care. The captain was either unable or unwilling to pay such a bond, so the decision was made to sail for Halifax, Nova Scotia. The passengers protested, but to no avail, and Mary set sail for Halifax May 22nd 1847. A newspaper account from the Boston papers was published in the Saint John, NB, Morning News on Friday, May 28, 1847. On Friday, June 4, 1847, The Christian Messenger (Halifax), reported "Arrived Friday 28th; Brigt Mary, [captain] Wyman, Cork via Boston, 46 passengers who were prohibited from landing at Boston."

brig Mary sailed from Cork April ? 1847 / arr. Halifax, N.S., (via Boston) May 28th 1847
brig Mary of Yarmouth, from the port of Cork, Ireland to Boston, Mass., dated May 21st 1847. Burthen per Register 82 tons, Joseph Wyman, the Master. The passenger list does not include the Captain's "sworn statement" however, a notation reads "The above named vessel sailed without discharging her Passengers, the Captain refusing to give the bonds required by the State Laws." (Passenger list Source: NARA Microfilm Publication M277, Roll 22)
No.
Names
Age
Sex / Remarks
1
Donaghue, Thomas
24
male
2
Kelleher, Timothy
22
male
3
Coghlan, Samuel
24
male
4
Flanahan, Thomas
29
male
5
Cortin?, Ellen
2?
female - Carlin ?
6
Walsh, Thomas
20
male
7
Shea, William
19
male
8
Cavanagh, Joseph
21
male
9
Cavanagh, John
20
male
10
Fenerty?, Samuel
30
male
11
Callahan, Ellen
30
female - Callaghan
12
Callahan, Johanna
8
female
13
Callahan, Mary
9
female
14
Callahan, Ellen
37
female
15
Callahan, Bridget
6
female
16
Callahan, Catharine
8
female
17
Turner, Thomas
20
male
18
Sullivan, Daniel
?6?
male
19
Connor, Michael
40
male
20
Connor, Margaret
40
female
21
Connor, James
17
male
22
Connor, Catharine
15
female
23
Connor, Mary
15
female
24
Connor, Thomas
11
male
25
Manning, Michael
20
male
26
Collins, Thomas
20
male
27
Brion, Jeremiah
20
male
28
Brion, Margaret
26
female
29
Brion, Bridget
21
female
30
Brion, Johanna
2
female
31
Brion, Mary
2
female
32
Noonan, Edward
40
male
33
Mahony, Jeremiah
33
male
34
Sullivan, Patrick
22
male
35
Daley, James
20
male
36
Daley, Timothy
20
male
37
Murphy, Dennis
20
male
38
Driscoll, Timothy
25
male
39
Atkinson, Eliza
25
female
40
Bowles, Patrick
27
male
41
Brown, John
20
male
42
Connor, John
25
male
43
Lovett, Simon
20
male - Lovatt
44
Sullivan, John
20
male
45
Sullivan, Con.
22
male
46
Sullivan, Daniel
19
male

Saint John, NB, Morning News Friday, May 28, 1847

Disturbance in the Harbour of Boston.
The British brig Mary, Captain Wyman from Cork, arrived at this port 17th inst., [Monday, May 17th 1847] with forty-six steerage passengers. The city authorities would not suffer them to be landed, owing to their destitute condition, unless the master gave bonds that they would not become a burthen to the city. This he was unable or unwilling to do, and came to the conclusion that he must take them to Halifax, for which port he accordingly cleared on Saturday [May 22nd 1847]. The passengers were naturally much exasperated at the turn matters were taking, and when the pilot ordered the crew to weigh anchor, the passengers took possession at the handspikes and windlass, and assaulted Capt. Wyman, who called to his assistance Capt. Josiah Sturgis, of the revenue cutter Hamilton, who went on board with six men and attempted in his usually judicious and dispassionate manner, to restore order, and directed his men to man the windlass.

The passengers crowded forward, obstructing the operation in various ways, and while Capt S. stood upon the windlass encouraging his men, one of the passengers, who appeared to take the lead, got upon the windlass and collared the gallant captain, attempting to remove him. But Capt Sturgis instantly threw him several feet from him, prostrate upon the deck, and made a signal for a reinforcement from the Hamilton, when another boat's crew, armed with cutlasses, came on board. Capt Sturgis ordered the women and children to go aft, and the men to fall back from the windlass, which they did. He then got the brig under weigh, and accompanied her some distance, leaving her with a fair and fresh breeze.

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