TOTAL WRECK OF THE ANGLO SAXON
LOSS OF 250 LIVES
A painful excitement was occasioned in Liverpool on Saturday morning by a telegram from Queenstown of news brought by the ARABIA of the total loss of the steamship ANGLO SAXON on her outward bound voyage from Cape Race, at the southeast extremity of Newfoundland on the 27th ultimo, and that the captain and 250 crew and passengers had drowned.
She sailed from this port for Quebec on the 16th April, having passengers and crew of 444 and a large mail for Canada and the U.S. She was to sail from Quebec to Liverpool on the 9th inst.
She belonged to the Montreal Ocean Steamship Co, and was commanded by Capt William BURGESS, An iron screw steam vessel, built by Messers DENNY Bros at Dumbarton in 1856, 1768 tons reg, 250hp. She was fitted with bulkheads with water tight compartments, and in all respects a well built first class vessel. She underwent an overhaul in 1857 and was fitted with the most recent improvements for safety, comfort and speed. She had superior sailing qualities and was regarded as one of the “crack” vessels of the line making voyages between this port and Canada with remarkable regularity. Her accommodation was excellent in both steerage and first class and was a favourite vessel with passengers. Being the first steamer that had left Liverpool for Quebec since the opening of the navigation of the St Lawrence, she took out a valuable cargo, half tea, she was insured at Llloyds, the loss will exceed £100,000.
Telegram Liverpool Saturday, Anglo Saxon wrecked 4 miles off Cape Race, at noon on the 27th in a dense fog, deck broke up shortly after the vessel struck, crew and passengers 444, only 187 known saved. Two of her boats and raft which left, unheard of, search being made. The Hon John YOUNG and family among those saved. Second despatch says 237 lost and mails.
Pictou, Nova Scotia, April 28th - The steam-tug DAUNTLESS picked up two boat crews of the Anglo Saxon between, Cape Ballard and Cape Race, and is returning without landing at Cape Race. The steamer BLOODHOUND has gone to Cape Race.
St Johns, Newfoundland, April 27th - via Port Hood, April 28th, - ANGLO SAXON, had 300 passengers, 84 crew, wrecked 4miles east of Cape Race, 73 escaped by means of ropes and spars and 24 in two lifeboats, total saved 97, boats 4 and 6 have not arrived off Cape Race in consequence of the dense fog, 7 persons on a raft, missing, there is a heavy sea with a dense fog.
The commander of the ANGLO SAXON is supposed drowned. The purser, 1st and 2nd engineers, the doctor and one cabin passenger Lieut SAMPSON of the Royal Artillery among the saved. The Hon John YOUNG and family supposed in one of the missing boats.
The deck broke up an hour after she struck, nothing but the mizen mast is standing. Several persons clung to the fore rigging until the foremast fell, no assistance could be rendered. Guns are being fired at the Cape to attract the attention of the missing boats, the Associated Press boat’s crew went immediately to the wreck.
Passenger’s reported to be saved, St John’s Newfoundland, April 28th
The steamer DAUNTLESS, at 9am picked up two boats belonging to the ANGLO SAXON containing 90 persons.
The Hon John YOUNG, Lady, seven children and servant, Miss HOPE, Miss BERTRAM, Mrs Capt STODDART, Mr GREENE [mail officer], Mr TOWERS, Rev Mr EATON, Capt CASSIDY, Mrs JACKSON and child, John MARTIN, James KIRKWOOD and sister, Mrs Eliza JAMES, Catherine CAMERON, Mary Ann THOMAS, Mary Ann ADAMS, Edward MANS, Thomas CALDWELL, Mr HART 1st officer, Robert ALLEN 3rd officer, Mr SCOTT 4th officer, James HENDERSON 4th engineer.
The steamer BLOODHOUND has gone to Cape Race for the rescued persons there. The weather is clear and fine on the coast today.
HALFAX April 30th
List of steerage passengers saved from the ANGLO SAXON
PARKER, PARSONS, SAINT MARCL, COLLOGAN, DALLIE, COOTH, FLECK, FERGUSON, CALLAGHAN, PANTRIE, WILPOLIN, GEORGE, WOOD, STANLEY, NAGLIES, LAHN, BARBOUR, COULTER, FINLAY, MORGAN ROOKE, LLOYD, FURRIE, GRIFFITHS, JONES, CHURCHWARD, WICKETT, BURROW, NANCE, BLOCK, JONES and wife, FIDELIS, JONES, LONBRIER, BARCLAY, JAMIESON, SMALL, BISHOP, GOURLEY, CORDER, MACKELLARY, JOHNSTON, DUSSMAN, REID, HOWELL, MACKAY, MURTAGH, GARRETTY, CHRISTIANSON, DAVIES, TUPPER, MACNEILLY, ATKINSON, CHRISTIANSON, REES and child, TOWNSEND, DAMSELL, CROSS, CRONEN, BERRY, CRAWFORD, GANLEY and child, Christiana BROWN, Elizabeth WOOD, DANCE, PALE, HARRISON, WALTER, BRUCE, JONES, MAMBY, Mary Ann ADAMS, Mary Ann THOMAS, Mina and Jessie CHRISTIAN, Mary MALDRON, Mary LENWICK, Martha LENWICK, Maggie LENWICK, Ann GONNELEY, Jane COLTON, Mary RALSTON, Ann STEVENS, Mary CALLAN, Mary CALLINGHAM, Alice STEWART, Mary KENNY, Fanny MACKENZIE, Mary REED, Jane WALKER, Ellen RYAN, Sarah SMITH, Kate EARLY, Margaret EVANS, Sophia DAVIES and child, Eliza GRITY and two children, two children unknown.
MESSERS ALLEN BROTHERS OFFICIAL LIST OF PASSENGERS AND CREW CABIN PASSENGERS
Miss MALLEY, Hon John YOUNG and family 11 in number, Capt and Mrs STOTHERD and servant, Capt CASSIDY, Rev C. P. EATON, Mrs WRIGHT, Capt T. R. READ, Mr CALDWELL, Lieut CLARK, Mr J. S. MILL, Mr J. MARTIN, Mr Guy PEMBERTON, Mr S. RODGERS, Mr FRASER, Mr TEALBY, Mrs JACKSON and child, Capt HYLERM Lieut SIMPSON, Mr P. H. NOTT, Mr J. MCGREGOR, Mr HOUGHTON, Mr W. KIRKNESS, Mr James BULLOCK, Miss K. ASKWITH, Mr TOWERS, Mr and Miss KIRKWOOD, Mrs JAMES and child, Mr WITHERS.
Steerage from Liverpool
Samuel STEVENS, 49, wife and child, Thomas CHURCHYARD, 38, wife and 3 children, Honor RIPLEY, 29, and I child, Mrs BORROUGHS and 2 children, Mr LILLIE, 21, Jane FULTON, 34, 1 child, R. MITCHELL, 40, Edward DANCE, 20, George DANCE, 18, William BERRY, 25, John FISHER, 26, Wilhelm CRONEBRY, 28, wife and 2 children, Isaac CHAPMAN, 42, wife and 1 child, Bernard SHANLEY, 20, John ROURKE, 21, Peter SPAHR, 22, Christen OLSEN, 24, Hans P. CHRISTIANSON, 24, and wife, Neils C. ANDERSON, 33, Michael CULLAN, 26, and wife, Thomas JONES. 40, David EVANS, 25, Walter WALLER, 18, Thomas LOCKETT, 18, Allen S. HORNE, 20, Mrs THOMAS, 26, Susanna COOPER, 19, Richard JONES, 35, and wife, Richard HARRISON , 28, David REES, 27, wife and 2 children, David LLOYD, 26, David DORAN, 25, Margaret EVANS, 54, William JONES, 18, William GRIFFITH, 28, John GRIFFITH, 26, Griff GRIFFITH, 25, David DAVIES, 30, wife and 2 children, John MORGAN, 20, Catherine DAVIES, 23, Evan GEORGE, 60, wife and 4 children, Mary HARRIS, 23, 2 children, William ANKRES, 40, William WAINWRIGHT, 18, Benjamin DOUGLAS, 37, John DOUGALS, 11, Sarah DOUGLAS, 24, Edwin DINGLE, 26, William TEVELLIAN, 23, James CUNNELL, 16, W. H. STANLEY, 16, T. A. FELER, 16, Reu PAINTER, wife, 1 child, Lembros PAINTER, 26, J. HARTLEY, 30, Thomas IRWIN, 21, David NEWSOME, 24, Philip JONES, 24, wife and 1 child, J. CHADWICK, 40, John JONES, 28, John VICKERMAN, 20, Henry CALLAGHAN, 39, wife and 6 children, George DALLIR, 29, Mrs J. ALEXANDER, 55, and 2 children, Thomas BISHOP, 22, Jonathan WALKER, 30, Bancroft MARSDEN, 20, Richard TAPPER, 27, Harriet ROBERTS, 28, Mary ROULSTON, 19, Ellen RYAN, 23, John TOWNSEND, 40, Samuel WHARMBY, 22, wife, Henry BROOKFIELD, 23, Edward WULTER, 38, wife, 2 children, Joel MELLOR, 29, Thomas BARBER, 26, Denis WOOLHOUSE, 24, John DUCKWORTH, 22, Joseph HILL, 31, Samuel BARDSLEY, 30, John BOOTH, 33, Frederick BOYES, 32, John WHITE, 26, William CROSS, 21, Mary Ann BOYES, 27, Elizabeth STEVENS, 41, 5 children, Ambrose UNDERHILL, 24, and wife, James STEVENS, 24, James WOOD, 28, William SAPE, 21, John WICKETT, 21, William BURROW, 26, James DAMRELL, 21, Thomas ALLEN, 25, William ALLEN, 24, James BRENT, 24, Isaac BACKWELL, 27, William George BACKWELL, 21, Thomas George BACKWELL, 10, William FURTEY, 34, Robert LEGG, 19, Mary WALDRON, 34, 1child, William D. WOONACOTT, 34, and wife, John HEADON, 24, William HOCKRIDGE, 24, Henry MORGAN, 33, and wife, Richard COLVILL, 31, and wife, Robert OATSONS, 21, Charles S. DUNBAR, 33, Robert BLAIR, 39, Christina BROWN, 30, Martin SHECHY, 28, Luke WOOD, 36, Lesette GRAETZ, 39, 2 children, Martin SCHNEIDER, 29, Eliza SCHNEIDER, 18, Jean BEEKER, 34. Jean FELTON, 48, wife and 5 children, Jean MELENSTEIN, 42, wife and 4 children, Augusta LONBURE, 22, Alexander LAFERCADE, 18, B. BILLYARD, 22, Andmo BRIGIE, 28, Fidele ELSCHI, 21, Mathios NEJER, 34, Sybella JOHN, 21, Bosli CHRISTEN, 24, wife and 1 child, William JESSY, 18, Alexander MEURI, 25, Thomas JESSY, 25, Hyacinth JESSY, 29, Josephine JESSY, 30, Rudolph BENINGUSTA, 22.
Matilda GANLEY, 27, 1 child, James KIRK, 21, Robert BRUCE, 20, Hamilton MAGEE, 20, Edward KERR, 25, wife and 1 child, William JOHNSTON, 20, Mary KEANNY, 20, Alice STEWART, 20, John KEELY, 22, Daniel FERGUISON, 21, John MEANEY, 28, Daniel COULTER, 28, Mary COULTER, 20, Catherine EARLY, 20, Barnard EARLY, 21, John MORROW, 28, and wife Marjurie MORROW, 20, John CARROLL, 35, John REIDY, 26, and wife, George ATKINSON, 20, Robert ATKINSON, 18, Ellen ATKINSON, 22, Joseph EAGAN, 30, Mary EAGAN, 48, William ROGERS, 19, John MC NALLY, 20, Francis MC DONALD, 18, Peter NOLAN, 30, wife and 2 children, Peter WATSON, 35, John DAVISON, 23, wife and 1 child, Thomas POWER, 21, Mary A. ADAM, 18, Martha RIMP, 17, Francis GORNLEY, 30, Patrick GORNLEY, 18, Ann GORNLEY, 18, Samuel COTTER, 22, William GLOVER, 48, wife and 7 children, John MC CREW, 25, Alexander STOREY, 22, Thomas M. CORNBRIDGE, 20, James A. DIREN, 20, James FINLAY, 21, Rose A. GARTIN, 19, Sarah SMITH, 28, Charles MC CLUSKEY, 21, David DINSMAN, 31, Daniel GERAHTY, 30, James MURTAGH, 30, C. CRAWFORD, 50, Mary BINNEK, 22, Margaret BINNEK, 25, Mrs BLACK, George BLACK, Aun [spelt this way ?Ann] ORR, John LIVINGSTONE, Peter CRUMPLIN, 23, Samuel MENCE, 25, John WRIGHT, 80, Peter CONNAGHER, 42, Margaret FERNIE, 25, James BARKLEY, 30, Peter MC MILLAN, 30, Thomas ANDERSON, 22, John SMALL, 21, Rose WINCH, 25, Catherine CAMERON, 27, Rose BELL, 27, Michael DAVIS, 41, Hugh STRACHAN, 50, Samuel MORGAN, 82, M. HENDERSON, 21, Rose JAMIESON, 36, Louisa GIBBS, 39, and 2 children, John NORMAN, 21, W. S. FINLEY, 26, Angus MC LOWE, 28, F. MACKENZIE, Robert PARKER.
William BURGESS, Master.
John HOARE, 1st officer.
John MC ALISTER, 2nd officer.
Robert ALLEN, 3rd officer.
George SCOTT, 4th officer.
John ALLEN, carpenter, 43 Ray St.
William READ, carpenter.
Edward NEWALL, Boatswain, 78 Buckingham St.
Hugh JONES, Boatswain, 6 Earl St.
Alfred PATTON, Surgeon.
William JENKINS, Purser.
Gilbert LITTLE, Asst purser, 83 Aspinal St.
Able bodied seamen.
William CAPE, 12 Ascott St.
John WILLIAMS, 9 Boundary St.
Andrew GIBBIE, 49 Fulton St.
Robert CAIN, 80 Buckingham St.
John JOHNSON, 6 Court, Great Nelson St.
William BENNETT, 65 Regent Rd.
Thomas MC CORMICK, 7 Ascott St.
Thomas LLOYD, 3 Hornby St.
John LARKIN, 5 Hornby St.
Thomas QUALE, 1 Newport St.
John PRITCHARD, 10 Cumberland St.
James WILSON, 73 Vauxhall Rd.
William EDMONSTON, 28 Calvin St.
Joseph HENSLEY, 47 Conway St.
Thomas CHAPMAN, 98 Prince Edwin St.
Frederick HUNTER, 40 Howe St.
Thomas PHOLOM, 30 Barmouth St.
George TAYLOR, 3 Trant St.
John M. ELLIS, 20 Faulkner St.
Peter PATTERSON, 13 Westmoreland St.
James MARTIN, 10 Chapel Yard.
George MOFFAT, 9 Beacon St.
James REDMOND, 7 Neville St.
John HALLORAN, 9 Carleton St.
William MC MASTER, 1st engineer.
Alexander MACKAY, 2nd engineer.
William RITCHIE, 3rd engineer.
James HENDERSON, 4th engineer.
Charles CARDLE, 5th engineer.
John DOW, 4 Llewellyn St.
Michael TOOLE, 33 Menai St.
Thomas MURPHY, No 26 Court, Stewart St.
Henry MC KENNEY, 42 Paul St.
John WILLIAMS, 74 Doncaster St.
George ROBERTSON, 34 Great Oxford St.
Thomas DAVIDSON, 40 Parliament St.
John MURPHY, 12 Stone St.
John RILEY, 7 Slade St.
Henry NORTON, 8 Llewellyn St.
Thomas WHITE, 9 Athol St.
Berry BRIDGE, 79 Aspinall St.
John HOWARD, 216 Athol St.
James BAXTER, 86 New Hedley St.
Patrick PURCELL, 5 Beau St.
James MC CARTNEY, 58 Prince Edwin St.
Thomas WOOD, 1st steward, 21 Mersey St.
William JONES, 2nd steward, 52 Bury St.
Charles BARLOW, Asst steward, 34 Prince Edwin St.
William MC STAY, Asst steward, 54 Prince Edwin St.
Henry G. DAVIES, Asst steward, 52 St James Place.
John J. CARR, Asst steward, 8 Hopwood St.
George PURCEL, Asst steward, 4 Upper William St.
John DAVIDSON, Asst steward, 5 Aughton St.
Robert CORLETT, Asst steward.
William MONTGOMERY, Asst steward, 224 Prince Edwin St.
John REEVE, Asst steward, 16 Gloucester St.
George WOOLNER, Asst steward, 6 Alison St.
John LEAH, Asst steward, 101 Radcliffe St.
Edward EMANS, Asst steward, 182 Derby Rd.
John HAGGUP, Asst steward, 7 Leville Terrace.
John MC DERMOT, Asst steward, 18 Regent St.
Martin CLEARY, Asst steward, 37 Portland St.
John PENNINGTON, Asst steward, 8 Garibaldi St.
Edward James LLOYD, Asst steward, 109 Park Rd.
Mrs PARRY, Stewardess.
Arthur GRACE 1st cook, 24 Taylor St.
John HARVEY, 2nd cook, 50 St Domingo Rd.
Henry WESTON, Ships cook, 32 Shadwell St.
Alfred COSTELLO, ships cook, 67 Seacombe St.
Robert HODGSON, ships cook, 62 Dryden St.
Andrew KENNEDY, Bakers mate, 19 Penrhyn St.
William JONES, Butcher, 7 Athol Terrace, Athol St.
William CARROL, Baker, 268 Bedford St.
The Montreal Steamship Co have been singularly unfortunate in regard to their steam vessel for in addition to the ANGLO SAXON, the following vessels belonging to them have been lost in a comparatively short period :-.
The CANADIAN, lost in the summer of 1857 by running ashore in the St Lawrence, 50 miles below Quebec no lives lost..
The INDIAN lost on the on the 21st November 1859, off Marie Joseph Guysboro, at the eastern extremity of the mainland of Nova Scotia, 27 lives lost..
The HUNGARIAN, lost on the 19th February 1860, all on board numbering 205 perished.
The CANADIAN, No 2, lost on the 4th June 1861, after a collision with an iceberg, 10 crew and 24 passengers lost..
The NORTH BRITON, lost on the 5th November 1861 on Mingan Island, in the Straits of Bella Isle, no lives lost..
Liverpool Mercury, May 15th 1863
DETAILS OF THE WRECK OF THE ANGLO SAXON
LOSS OF 237 LIVES
Details of the sad catastrophe have come to hand, they are awaited with anxious suspense by the relatives and friends of the passengers and crew and on Wednesday night and yesterday morning agonising scenes were witnessed on the landing stages, at the Underwriters Rooms and in the vicinity of the offices of the agents of the ill-fated vessel. The telegrams received by the JURA from Londonderry contained no further news of the vessel, and, anxious to relieve their, anguish as speedily as possible the wives of the crew, accompanied in many cases by their children flocked to the landing stage by nightfall to learn the good or bad news which the JURA was bringing. The steamer was expected to arrive in the Mersey at 11pm , but in consequence of the state of the tide, and the unfavourable weather she lay off till daylight. All through the dreary night women, clinging to hope waited for the JURA in order to have their worst fears removed or confirmed. The scenes at the offices of the agents and underwriters after the despatches had been received were most painful, as women learned that they were widows and children that they were fatherless.
No one can peruse the loss of the ANGLO SAXON, that we publish today without feeling it was a terrible disaster, but, the full extent of the grief and wretchedness which it has caused can only be realised with actual contact with the relatives of the lost portion of the passengers and crew.
Particulars taken from the files and papers brought by the JURA, a letter to Edmonstone Allen and Co, dated Cape Race, April 27th, concerning the catastrophe, signed, William JENKINS, Purser.
Narrative of the first officer, statements relating to the catastrophe from, William JENKINS, Purser, Gilbert LITTLE, Assistant purser, Mr R. A. ALLEN, Third officer, and Mr G. H. TEALBY, passenger
LIST OF PERSONS SAVED
The Hon John YOUNG, Mrs YOUNG, seven children, Mr Thomas CALDWELL, Capt S, B, REED of Bath, Maine, Capt B. G. HYLER of Thomaston, Maine, Capt CASSIDY of the 30th, Miss HOPE, Miss BERTRAM, Miss INGLIS, James KIRKWOOD and Miss KIRKWOOD, Mr T. A. P. LOWERS, W. KIRKNESS, Rev Mr EATON. Mrs STOTHARD, A. M. FRASER, John MARTIN, J. H. TEALBY, Mr and Mrs CHRISTIAN, Lieut SIMPSON. R.A, Mrs WRIGHT, Mrs JAMES, Mrs WHITTER, Mrs JACKSON and daughter.
Robert PARKER, Robert PARSONS, Francis SAINT MARIE, Henry CALLAGHAN, James CALLAGHAN, Edward DANCE, John BOOTH, Peter FLICK, Daniel FERGUSON, Lanborough PANTRIE, DENIS, WILHOME, Thomas YEO, James WOOD, W. H. STANLEY, M. NAGHER, Croile LAHN, Thomas BARBOUR, Daniel COULTER, James FINLEY, Henry MORGAN, John ROOKE, David LLOYD, Mrs GAULEY and child, Miss Christiana BROWN, William FURSE, John JONES, John GRIFFITH, Thomas CHURCHYARD, Mrs Elizabeth WARMBY, John WICKETT, William BURROW, William DANCE, George DANCE, BLOCK, Richard JONES and wife, Jacques FIDELE, Thomas JONES, Mary Ann THOMAS two children made orphans by the loss of their parents [names supposed to be BOLTON] Mary Ann ADAMS, Maria CHRISTIAN, Mary WALDRON, Mary RENWICK, Martha RENWICK Maggie RENWICK, Luke WOOD, Joseph HILL, Richard HARRISON, Walter WALTER, Robert BRUCE, Thomas JONES, Auguste LOUBIERE, James BARCLAY, Robert JAMIESON, John SMALL, Thomas BISHOP, Patrick GORMLEY, Ann GORMLEY, Jane COTTON, Mary RALSTON, Ann STEVENS, Benjamin CORDER, Private in the 100th regt, Mary Ann CALLAN, Mary CALLAGHAN, Catherine EARLY Michael DAVIS, Richard TAPPER, Margaret EVANS, Sophie DAVIS and child, John MC NALLY, Eliza Otto GRITZ and 2 children, George ATKINSON, David REID and child, John TOWNSEND, James DAMSEL, William CROSS, Capt CRAWFORD, William CRONENBURG, Jessie CHRISTIAN, Neils CHRISTENSEN.
John HOARE, 1st officer, Robert ALLEN, 3rd officer, George SCOTT, 4th officer, Edward NEWALL, Boatswain, Hugh JONES, Boatswain’s mate, John ALLEN, Carpenter, William READ, joiner, Alfred PATTON, Surgeon, William JENKINS, Purser, Gilbert LITTLE, Asst purser.
A. GIBBIE, Robert CAIN, W. CAPE, T. PRITCHARD, J. HEASLEY, J. REDMOND, J. ELLIS, T. QUAYLE, T. LLOYD. P. PATTERSON, W. BENNETT, F. HUNTER, T. HANNEBAL, T. CHAPMAN, James WILSON, W. EDMONDSON, John LARKIN. Thomas PHELOM, John JOHNSTON, George TAYLOR, James HALLORAN, J. MARTIN
William MC MASTER, 1st engineer, Alexander MACKAY, 2nd engineer, James HENDERSON, 4th engineer, Charles CARDELL, 5th engineer
Firemen, John DAW, John WILLIAMS, George ROBERTSON, Thomas MURPHY, John MURPHY, John RIELLY, John DAVIDON, Henry NORTON
Trimmers, Thomas WHITE, Berry BRIDGE, James BAXTER, John MC CARTNEY, Patrick PURCELL, John HOWARD
Stewards, Charles BARLOW, John DAVIDSON, John REEVE, George WOOLAM, John LEAH,, Robert CORBETT, W. MC STAY, Ed EMANS, John HUGGUP, J. J. CARR, Mrs PARRY, Stewardess
Cooks, Henry WESTON, Alfred COSTELLO, W. HODGSON, John MC DERMOTT, William JONES Butcher, William CARROLL and Andrew KENNEDY Bakers.
Liverpool Mercury, June 1st 1863
MILL, April, 27th, in the wreck of the Anglo Saxon, in his 20th year, John Samuel, youngest son of James MILL Esq of Croxteth Rd, Princes Park
Liverpool Mercury, June 12th, 1863
LLOYD, May 8th, lost on board the Anglo Saxon, aged 18, Edward James, son of Mary LLOYD, Wrexham, North Wales.
Ipswich Journal, May 16th 1863
LILLIE, 27th ult, Ernest son of Mr William LILLIE of Sudbury, a passenger on board the steamship Anglo Saxon at the time of the wreck.
Leeds Mercury June 1st 1863
VICKERMAN, April 27th, lost in the wreck of the Anglo Saxon off Cape Race, aged 30, Mr John VICKERMAN of Quebec, son of Mr John VICKERMAN of Bury
Caledonian Mercury, July 8th, 1863
BLAIN, Drowned on the 27th April, at the wreck of the Anglo Saxon off Cape Race Mr Robert BLAIN of Edinburgh, aged 39
Liverpool Mercury June 25th 1863
Graveyard of the Anglo Saxon
Rev J. G. K. HOUGHTON, writes as follows Montreal newspaper, -
“ It may afford a melancholy consolation to some of those who have suffered from the loss of the Anglo Saxon to know the spot where many of the victims of carelessness, want of discipline, and cowardice are buried. Between Cape Race and Cape Ballard the land retires in a semi-circular bay, the line of the shore, however, is not even, and this bay may be said to be formed by several smaller bays, the first the scene of the calamity, extending from Cape Race to the entrance in Clam Cove. Within this bay, at about four and a half miles from Cape Race, in a recess formed by the sea, retiring between projecting rocks, the Anglo Saxon was wrecked nearly at noonday. The ship lies between six and seven fathoms of water, and on the 16th May the masts were yet visible, standing six to eight feet from the water. As nearly as I could judge at about a mile and a quarter from the wreck, bold rocks, covered with trees, marked the spot where Clam Cove indents the shore, and, after piercing land for some distance in a direct line, turns at a right angle and runs on for about 100yds. This bend is on the sea side bordered by rocks covered with low firs, on the land side there is a level breadth from which the rocks rise precipitously to the plain above, and these rocks like those opposite are more or less covered in trees, a deep belt of which surrounds the whole cove. On this level 134 bodies, as nearly as it was in my power to estimate, lie buried. It is a peaceful and quiet spot, and, till the rude wooden crosses and mounds of stone marked the graves, seemed to have remained undisturbed by the tread of man. Old men and young men were there buried side by side, two sometimes in one grave, a woman and a child, a man and a youth. It was a terrible sight to see the boats bringing in, now one, now two or three dead bodies, bodies of those who had died in the prime of life, or in the full flush of the confidence and the hope of youth, within a few days sail of the land where their friends waited to greet them, or where their new future was laid. After my arrival I personally superintended the burials, and it will be a melancholy comfort to us all to know that the rough islanders treated the bodies themselves with decency and reverence. Although not proof against the temptation of unholy gain, the religion of even the wreckers had taught them to respect the dead, but, no persuasions or promises of mine availed to rescue even a watch or ring as a memento for the living. While one hand reverently swathed the head with handkerchiefs and linen, the other rifled the pockets. Some were much changed, but the countenances generally appeared that the last moments had been painless, and they had passed away in peace, the eyes even of some were closed, and the clenched hands were often the only evidence of violent death. The funeral service of the Church of England was, I am informed, read by the Rev Mr EATON, but as the larger number had been interred subsequently I myself read it on Ascension Day, and again on Saturday the 16th of May.”
Copyright 2002 / To date