Extracts from the Canadian News (published in London, England every other Wednesday), 1856. This is the first year of the publication.
July 9, 1856
Shipwreck In The Gulf
Intelligence has been received that the ship "Pallas," Capt. Spillane, bound from Cork to this port [Quebec], with emigrant passengers, was wrecked at St. Paul's Island, and that 82 lives were lost. The "Pallas" sailed on the 28th April, with 136 steerage passengers, and had a good run to the entrance of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. On the night of the 30th May, about ten o'clock, during a thick fog, with moderate breeze, the ship running at the rate of four and a half knots, she struck on the south side of St. Paul's.
The life-boat was got out, and every soul on board, as well as the baggage, might have been saved, but the passengers rushed into the boat, and no persuasion could induce any number of them to leave her. The boat in consequence was stove in, and all on board of it were drowned. The master and the remainder of the crew and passengers stood by the wreck until morning, when they were safely conveyed ashore in boats from the island.
Capt. Spillane crossed to Sydney, and hired the schooner "Nazaire" to bring up the survivors to Crosse Isle, [sic- Grosse Isle] when they were transferred to the regular steamer, which has since safely arrived in Quebec. Seventy-nine passengers, and three of the crew-in all eight-two lives were lost. The bodies of the three seaman and three of the passengers who perished were all that had been washed ashore while those who were saved remained on the island. We regret to learn that the poor sufferers by this disaster have lost everything they possessed. The vessel broke up soon after the Island boats had taken off the last passengers. The Quebec papers have received from Mr. A.C. Buchanan, the Chief Emigrant Agent, the following list of the passengers:--
Michael Barry and child John; Mary Leahy; Daniel Sullivan; Jerry Sullivan; John Sullivan; Nelly M'Carty; Mary Ahern; James Leary; Tim Leary; John Murphy; Mary Sheehan; Michael Crowly; Richard Crowly; Thomas Crowly; Julia Crowly; Mary Brian; Julia Murphy; Kate Kelly; William Regan; Alfred Browning; Michael Carroll; Margaret Flaherty; Mary Sullivan; Daniel Murphy; Julia Scanlan; Bridget Holland; Mary Desmond; Mary Donovan; Mary Regan; Humphry; [sic] Leary; [sic] Ellen Leary; Eliza Cosgreve; David Manning; Robert Edwards; Joseph Edwards; William Flink; Denis Cotter; John Flynn; Mary Hurly; Thomas Heffernon, wife and child; Mary Ryan; Patrick Ryan; Edward Conroy; Jerry King; Thomas Coughlan; John Donovan; Thomas Monahan; Julia Monahan; Michael Flaherty; Patrick Flaherty; James Flaherty; John Larkin; Bridget Larkin; Bridget Marony; Mary Marony, - Total 57.
James Crennen; Ellen Gorman, and 3 children; Hannah Sullivan; Mary Barry; Ellen Barry; Johanna Crowly; Patrick Daly; Johanna Leahy, and child; John Crowly; Bridget M'Carthy; Denis Hayes; Kate Hayes; Mary Casey; Mary Gloster; Hannah Crowly; Patrick Leary; John Sullivan; Mary Kearney, and 3 children; John M'Carthy; Elicia Hartnet; Denis Foley, and 2 children; Edward Carroll; Daniel Leary; Tim Leary; Kate Leary; Edward Hennessey; Johanna Sheehy, and 2 children; Charles Foley; Daniel Lynch; Timothy Reardon; James Leary; Ellen Sheehy, and 4 children; Mary Loughnane; Bridget Enright; Johanna Enright; Mary Leary; William Flanin; Ellen Hurly; Denis Ready; Michael Ready; Mary Molony, and child; Patrick Moriarty; Julia Keohane; Thomas Ferguson; Thomas Daly; Mary Daly, and child; John, Kate, and Dora Ryan (children); Daniel Dineen; Mary Anne Farrell; Susan Stone, and 3 children; Martin Gleason; William Richardson; John and Anne Flaherty; Mary Morony-Total 79. Of the crew-one seaman, the cook, and a boy were drowned.