Survivors of the Wreck of the Black Hawk in April 1854 -- Account in the NY Tribune 20 May 1854
Posted: 11 Dec 2012 3:36AM GMT
Surnames: Leary, Daly, Buckley, Small, Kennedy Liard, Hughson, McKnight, Craighan, Knox, Mansfield, Dewsey, Blake, Kilcommon, Donald, Kennedy, Duff, O'Brien, Owen, Daly, McLeary, McCuscar, Maloney, McDonald, Bogan, Cahill, Powery, Mihily, Clakisky, Connor, Slatery, Kitson, Mabbett, Forsyth, Berriman, Higgings , Bralan, Price, Davis, Hyde, Hopley, Hallart, McKenna, Snowden, Cullen, Mettley, Hart, Grady, Fitzgerald Pitts, Anderson, Magwah, Scheck, Saner, Becker, Hartmann, Ratz, Sotham, Schenjenbusch, Maltaner, Myer ,Sandels
In doing some research on another subject, I came across the mention of the wreck of the ship Black Hawk, Captain Bunker, of the Black Star Line, NY, from Liverpool, carrying 823 passengers. I found a very good partial account of the wreck in the Saturday, May 20, 1854, edition of the New York Tribune, which included republication of an account from the Plymouth Mail edition of May 6, 1854, which included the names of survivors rescued by the bark Caroline, Captain, Harris.
Since a digital copy of the New York Tribune article is available online, I am not going to seek to seek to transcribe the entire piece. I will partially transcribe below a small portion of the information, including the names of those appearing in the list of survivors recovered by the Caroline. I will also add a few additional references to other articles I come across which are relevant to this topic.
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"THE WRECK OF THE BLACK HAWK EMIGRANT SHIP
We published in Thursday's Tribune [May 18, 1854], the arrival of the ship Currituck at this port, with 356 passengers and the captain and crew of the Black Hawk. By the Europa, arrived yesterday, we have the following account of the safe arrival at Falmouth, Eng., of 128 (except 3 infants who died on the passage) more of the B.H.'s passengers, in the bark Caroline. This accounts for 484 passengers out of 823. Of 339 yet to hear from a large number were taken on board the American ship Dirigo of Glasgow, and the remainder probably on the bark Good Intent of Fowery.
From the Plymouth Mail of May 6.
The following is the report of the bark Caroline, Capt. Harris, the first ship which fell in with and rendered assistance to the unfortunate passengers on board the Black Hawk, one hundred and twenty five of whom she landed at this port on Monday:
'The Carline saled from Poole, April 3. Had fine weather until the 16th, the weather then becoming very unsettled.
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20th, About 5 P.M. got up to the wreck; found her to be the American ship Black Hawk, from Liverpool for New York, Capt. Bunker, with all her masts gone by the deck and had colors of distress, in lat. 47 degrees 12' N., long. 35 degrees W.; sent a boat to ascertain what assistnce we could render; Capt. Bunker came on board and wished me to take out his passengers, of whom he had upwards of 800; and said that he thought his ship was making water fast; that one pump was broken and the mainmast falling.
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The following are the names of those landed from the Caroline at Falmouth:
Pat. Leary, wife and six children; Peter Daly, Mary Buckley, Pat. Small, John Kennedy and wife, Wm. Liard and wife, Sarah Hughson, Rosanna McKnight, Richard Craihan, Elizabeth Craighan, John Knox, Sarah Mansfield, Mary Dewsey, Mary Blake, Bridget Kilcommon, Ellen Donald, Kate Kennedy, Mary Duff and 2 children, Margaret O'Brien, Catharine Owen, Nancy Daly, Mary Ann and Mary McLeary, Catharine McCuscar, Bridget Maloney, Mary McDonald, Ann Bogan, Mary Cahill, Ellen Powery, John Mihily, John Clakisky, wife and three children, Michael Connor and four children, Judy Slatery and two infants, John Kitson, wife and five children, Mary, George and Frank Mabbett, Susan Forsyth, Samuel Berriman, Lawrence Higgings and wife, Ann Bralan, James Price, wife and child, George Davis, Michael Hyde, wife and 3 children, Thos. Hopley, wife and 8 children, Ralph Hallart, Catherine McKenna, Henry Snowden and wife, John Cullen, wife and child, G. Mettley, Margt. Hart, Mary Grady, J. Fitzgerald and 4 children; Mary Pitts and child, Ann Jane Anderson, Alexander Anderson, Ellen Magwah, Elizabeth and Catherine Magwah, Caroline Scheck, Johanna Saner, Eliza. Becker, Anna Hartmann, Catherine Ratz, Johanna Sotham, Magdalena Schenjenbusch, Auguste Maltaner, Heinrich Myer and Minna Sandels.
All these passengers are in the most destitute condition. The Black Hawk is believed to have sunk."
Those with additional information about any of these survivors, including the ships by which they might have later reached America, are encouraged to post that information as replies to this thread.