A service provider ship’s ill-fated voyage from Liverpool resulted within the loss over 350 lives, together with kids.
Migrant ship the Annie Jane set sail on September 9, 1853 on a voyage to Quebec, Canada.
The captain, William Mason from Liverpool, had already turned the battered ship again as soon as into port after violent gales destroyed the mast.
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As soon as repairs had been accomplished, Mason headed again out to sea once more with a complete of 450 passengers and crew onboard, decided to finish the journey to The New World.
The emigrants had been mainly Scottish with quite a few Irish, French and Germans aboard.
The vessel quickly encountered tough climate once more as a heavy gale took away the topmasts, together with the decrease mastheads.
The crew managed to make repairs at sea however the terrified passengers begged Mason to show again as soon as extra.
He headed the ship again in direction of Liverpool however as evening fell, he turned the Annie Jane again round and set course once more for Canada.
The following day, because the passengers surrounded the captain, he’s reported to have shouted “To Quebec or the underside!”, earlier than threatening to shoot anybody who tried to take management of his ship.
On the evening of September 28, when off Barra Island within the Hebrides, the ship was hit by a last, devastating storm.
As Mason tried to steer the Annie Jane into calmer waters it bumped into rocks.
A vivid account of the catastrophe was printed within the Dundee, Perth, and Cupar Advertiser on Friday, October 14, 1853.
The account reads: “Between twelve and one o’clock, on the morning of the twenty ninth, the ship took the bottom with a fearful concussion. The nice majority of the passengers, together with all the ladies and youngsters, had been under of their berths; however the hanging of the ship gave them a fearful wakening.
“Many rushed on deck in a state of nakedness; wives clung to their husbands, and youngsters clung to each, some mute from terror, and others uttering appalling screams, and eagerly shrieking ‘Is there no hope?'”
It describes the passengers working to the lifeboats however they had been both already destroyed or mounted down and secured.
It continues: “…Inside a only a few minutes after the ship had grounded, she was struck by a sea of frightful efficiency, which immediately carried away the dense mass of human beings into the watery waste, and boats and bulwarks went with them. It’s the opinion of our informants that least 100 perished by this fell swoop.”
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Inside minutes the Annie Jane was torn to items by the ocean’s relentless assault.
In complete, solely 102 of the 450 individuals together with passengers and crew survived the disaster, and solely a kind of that survived was a baby.
The kid is alleged to have belonged to an Irishwoman travelling along with her two kids who was about to affix her husband in America.
She had tried to save lots of each by tying one to her again and greedy the opposite in her arms, however when the stricken ship broke up, she was unable to maintain her grip and the kid she was carrying was “dashed into the ocean”.
(Picture: By W. L. Tarbert – Personal work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17335461)
The vessel was finally wrecked on the tiny island of Vatersay, one of many Outer Hebridean islands off the West coast of Scotland.
Because the useless washed ashore they had been buried in two mass graves within the sand dunes. A small monument marks the location on the island of Vatersay the place the our bodies recovered from the ocean.
An inscription reads: “On twenty eighth September 1853 the ship Annie Jane with emigrants from Liverpool to Quebec was completely wrecked on this bay and three-fourths of the crew and passengers numbering about 350 males ladies and youngsters had been drowned and their our bodies interred right here.”
As luck would have it, Captain William Mason was one of many 36 members of crew who survived.
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