October 8, 1849
Distressing Case- Sad Suicide- On Monday evening, a young
woman, about twenty-one years of age, a native of Ireland, named Elenor
McCracken, committed suicide near Pittsburg, by drowning herself. The
unfortunate woman had been betrothed in Ireland, to a young man, and they took
passage in a vessel for America, delaying the solemnization of their nuptials
until their arrival. That mysterious and fatal disease, the ship-fever, hovered
around the barque. Amongst the earliest victims was the lover of the poor woman,
and that sad event seems to have inflicted a shock upon her mind from which she
An English journal mentions that the
family of OLIVER CROMWELL has just become extinct in the person of Mrs. Russell,
daughter of the late Mr. Oliver Cromwell, the biographer of the Protector, from
whom he descended in the direct line.
Alton Telegraph and Democratic Review
Oct 26, 1849
It is stated that the British brig St.
John, from Galway, Ireland, and bound to Boston, struck against the Grampus
Rocks, on the morning of the 30th ult. and sunk almost instantly, having gone to
pieces. The captain, crew, and ten of the passengers, saved themselves, with
difficulty, on fragments of the wreck; but the remainder, supposed to number
about 100 souls, unhappily found a watery grave.
October 25, 1849
New York, Oct. 6, P.M.
Dreadful Shipwreck- Loss of One Hundred and
Fifty Lives.- I learn from Boston that the British brig St. John, from Galway,
Ireland, for Boston, struck against the Grampus Rocks on Sunday morning last,
about 9 o'clock, and sunk almost instantly, having broke in pieces. By this
painful calamity it is estimated that about one hundred and fifty passengers
were saved by floating on pieces of the wreck. Twenty-five of the dead bodies
were washed ashore and picked up on Monday morning. The captain thinks the loss
of life is not so great, but others saved believe it cannot be less than above
Watertown Chronicle; Watertown, Wisconsin; 24 Oct 1849
Loss of the St. John.
Yesterday morning, melancholy
intelligence reached this city, that the British brig, St. John, Capt. Oliver,
from Galway, Ireland, with 120 souls on board, had been wrecked near Cohasset on
Sunday morning, about 9 o'clock, and that 99 of those on board perished. It
appears that the brig stood into the bay on Sunday, having passed Cape Cod the
previous evening, but the weather becoming foggy, the captain deemed it prudent
to haul off. Accordingly the vessel was put under snug working sail, and
was brought to the wind. She stood to the north shore, made the land, and
wore round on the other tack, head to the southward.
At 6:30 A.M., she made Minot's ledge, so close aboard,
that it was almost impossible to weather it. There was not room to wear; to stay
was impossible. In the dilemma, the captain saw a brig at anchor inside the
light, and resolved to run for her.- He did so and anchored; but the heavy
ground swell, and the fury of the gale, soon brought the anchors home. The masts
were cut away; but the anchors would not hold, and eventually she struck the
ground; and as the tide fell, her bottom was literally separated from her upper
Previous to breaking up, Capt. Oliver says - "the
jolly boat was hanging by the tackles along side, but the stern ringbolt broke,
and the boat fell into the water. The captain, second mate, and two boys jumped
into her to clear her, when about twenty-five passengers jumped in and swamped
her; the passengers, together with the second mate and two boys perished. The
captain caught a rope hanging over the quarter and was drawn on board by the
"The log boat was got clear shortly after, and heavy sea
coming on board cleared her from the vessel, when a number of passengers jumped
over to swim to her, but all perished. The captain, first mate, (Mr. Cumberford,)
eight of the crew, and two passengers swam to the boat and reached the shore in
safety. Eleven others, four men and seven women, came ashore on part of the
deck. Total loss of life, 99- saved 21."
The people of Cohasset witnessed the melancholy
spectacle without the power to launch a single boat to aid the sufferers.
The survivors, who washed ashore received every
attention that humanity could dictate. The people of Cohasset vied with one
another in their acts of kindness.
Mr. Elliot, the English counsul, when he heard of the
disaster, with commendable promptitude proceeded to the spot himself to render
any aid that might be required.
He returned last evening and from him we learn that 27
bodes had been received, viz; 21 females, 3 males and 3 children. The following
are the names of the passengers who were saved:
Austin Keran, C. Flanagan, Betsey Higgins, Mary Kane,
M. Fitzpatrick, M. Gibbons, Barbara Kenely, M. Redding, H. Cullen, Honora Burke,
and 11 of the crew.
CABIN PASSENGERS LOST- Mary Flannegan, Nancy Hannagan
and Margaret Hannagan, of Kilfinara, county of Clair; Bridget Quinn and Eliza
O'Brien, of Instivan Clair.
STEERAGE PASSENGERS LOST- Ann Slatterly, Bridget
Slatterly, Hugh Madigan, Margaret Keenan, of Instivan; Bridget Connelly and 8
children, Patrick Sweeney and wife and 9 children, of Kannamara [Connemara],
county of Galway; Peter Greally, and James Greally, of Claronbridge, county of
Galway; Patrick Gorman, Miles Sweeney, Thomas Burke-mother saved-Eliza Burke,
Patrick Burke, Mrs. McDermott-sisters-Mary Love and child, Catharine
Fitzpatrick, Bridget Burke, Bridget Mulligan, Peggy Purky, Martha Puray, of
Galway; Michael Hannagan, Lalinch, county of Clare; Patrick Lahiff, John Lahiff,
Thomas Riley, Bridget Maddigan, of Kilfanora, county of Clare; Hugh Glynn, of
Instivan, county of Clare; John Belton, Mary Dolan, Thos. Fahey, Bridget Fahey,
Martha Fahey, Honora Donnelly, Honora Mullen, Catherine Heniff and ___ Heniff -
sisters - Mary Cahill, Patrick Noonan, Mary Landskey, Peggy Mullin and sisters
child, John Butler, county of Galway; Patrick McMahan, Bridget McMahan,
Catharine McMahan, Mary Nalon, Mary Frowley and child, of Kilmaly, county of
Clare; John Dolan, Roan, county of Clare; Mary Freeman and child, Mr. Egan, wife
and daughter, Martin Sexton, of Inns, county of Clare; Jeremiah Murphy, James
Moran, Dysart, county of Clare; Margaret Keenan, Miss Brooks, of Instivan; Lanl
Byrnes, Michael Griffin, Catharine Burns, Peggy Malloy, Ellen Hassett, of Arch,
county of Clare; Patrick McGrath, Winny Galvin, Mary Galvin, Margaret Kane, Mary
McNamara of Kilmaly- Honora Lahiff of Rohan, John Lahiff, Mary Mulkenan,
Margaret Mulkenan, of county of Clare.