1849 – The brig Hannah transported emigrants to Canada during An Gorta Mór.

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

The brig Hannah transported emigrants to Canada during An Gorta Mór. She is known for the terrible circumstances of her 1849 shipwreck, in which the captain and two officers left the sinking ship aboard the only lifeboat, leaving passengers and the rest of the crew to fend for themselves.

Hannah was built at Norton, New Brunswick, Canada in 1826 and registered at Maryport in 1840. She was owned by Samuel Shaw and others. Her captain was John Briggs. She brought immigrants to Canada during Án Gorta Mor, arriving in Quebec from Sligo with passengers in July 1847.

Hannah was transporting more Irish immigrants fleeing An Gorta Mór from Warrenpoint and Newry to Quebec City, when it sank in the Gulf of St. Lawrence on 29 April 1849, resulting in, as well as can be ascertained, 49 deaths.

The Hannah set sail from Newry, Co Down on 3 April 1849 with…

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