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Title: Extract of a Letter Describing the Loss of the Ship Lady of the Lake.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCapt. Grant/166
SenderCaptain Grant
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationship captain
Sender Religionunknown
OriginShip The Lady of the Lake
DestinationAberdeen, Scotland
RecipientThompson, George
Recipient Gendermale
SourceThe Belfast Commerical Chronicle, 6 July 1833.
ArchiveThe Central Library, Belfast.
Doc. No.9409039
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 01:09:1994.
Word Count462

Extract of a letter received from Captain Grant, of The Lady
of the Lake, by the owner George Thompson, Aberdeen,
dated Quebec 1st, June:-

"On the 11th May, in Lat. [Latitude?] 47.O. N. [North?] and Long
[Longitude?] 47.10 W [West?] at 5.A.M. we were steering W.S.W.
[West South West?] with a strong wind at north, when we
fell in with several pieces of ice. At 8 o'clock the ice
getting closer and thicker, I judged it prudent to haul the
ship out to coastward again, under easy sail, to avoid it.
About an hour after, in endeavouring to pass between two
pieces, a tongue under water in the lee ice, struck our
starboard bow, and stove it in entirely. We immediately wore
the ship round, expecting to get the leak out of the water, but
did not succeed. The ship now filling fast, the mate, with
seven of the crew, and a Mr. Wright, a cabin passenger, got
into the stern boat, after getting beef, bread, compass, etc.
and left us to our fate. The awful scene that then took place
is beyond my power of description. after getting the long
boat out, the passengers crowded into her with such mad
desperation that she was twice upset alongside drowning about
80 of them. I now attempted to save my own life, and
succeed in getting the boat, with 35 in her, clear of the
ship, without oars, sails, compass or a mouthful of provisions
of any kind. The last time I saw the brig. (the ice coming
between her and us) she was sunk upto the tops, and about
forty persons in the main topmast rigging. We then tried to
pull after the other boat with the batten boards and [shafts?],
but got beset with ice. We now lay down in her bottom,
expecting a worse fate than those who were drowned, viz. to
perish with hunger and cold. Next morning, the wind changing
to the west, we got clear of most of the ice, and then steered
to the eastward in the faint hope of some vessel picking us
up. At noon, saw a brig. lying to; at 4.p.m. got on board her,
and found the crew just leaving her, she being in the same
state as our own - sinking. We however got some provisions out
of her, and there being as boat lying on her deck, I got half
of the passengers out of our own boat into it. On the 14th
we were picked up the the Stepney of Glasgow, a small brig., bound
to St.John's, Newfoundland, after having been for 75 hours
exposed to the open sea, [------], wet and frost bitten. Next
morning, I left the brig. with two boys and passengers bound to
Quebec, just as we stood, having lost everything; but we have
great reason to be thankful that we are in the land of the