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Re: [TSL] "Hibernia" Lost to fire. Atlantic. 5 February 1833
"Murray Reid" <mhhr@xtra.co.nz> on 11/11/2016

Thanks Marj.
Apparently the "Hibernia" first sailed on the 27th of November, sustained
damage in a gale so put back into port for a few days to ride out the storm
and effect repairs.
Murray

-----Original Message-----
From: marj@uwaterloo.ca [mailto:marj@uwaterloo.ca] 
Sent: Saturday, 12 November 2016 4:23 AM
To: Murray Reid <mhhr@xtra.co.nz>
Cc: Rootsweb Ships List <theshipslist@rootsweb.com>; Douglas
<douglas@burbury.net>
Subject: Re: [TSL] "Hibernia" Lost to fire. Atlantic. 5 February 1833

The London Times of Monday, Dec 03 reported:

Liverpool, Saturday Evening.--Arrived...(names ships then) Put back the
Hero, for Africa; the Hibernia, for New South Wales; ...

The "Accident" was reported in the Times on Thursday, May 2, 1833 and your
gg grandmother's name is listed.

I will send it to you off list.

Regards..

Marj


Quoting Murray Reid <mhhr@xtra.co.nz>:

> This ship of 456 tons under the command of Capt. Brend sailed from 
> Liverpool in December 1832 bound for Hobart and Sydney, Australia with 
> a complement of immigrants.
>
> She was lost to fire with the loss of 153. The survivors numbered 79 
> and were rescued from three small boats after six days adrift, and 
> taken to Rio de Janeiro.  They reached Hobart some months later after 
> Government and public subscription help.
>
> There are many matters that make this loss tragic and intriguing. 
> Firstly only one person died in the boats. 152 people were left 
> behind. A high proportion of the crew survived. Only two of 54 
> children made it into the boats. A large number of the women were left 
> behind with a high proportion of these being single. It is understood 
> that up to 30 of the young single females were orphans who were 
> thought to be mainly Irish and probably from Dublin.
>
> "Women and children first" seems to have been lost in the rush!
>
> My interest is in Elizabeth Bunker, aged only 15, and probably one of 
> the Irish orphans. She married in Hobart and became my gt gt grandmother.
>
> I would appreciate help regarding the movements of the ship prior to 
> her sailing on her last voyage and any information regarding the orphans.
> Possibly there were press reports (in Ireland or Liverpool) prior to 
> the sailing that I have not yet traced.
>
> Thanks
>
> Murray Reid
>
> NZ
>
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