Wreck of the Catherine, 1737

Title

Wreck of the Catherine, 1737

Description

The Catherine left Northern Ireland for Boston in early June and wrecked near Sable Island, off the coast of Nova Scotia, on 17 July. Most of its 202 passengers were Ulster Scots who were emigrating America. More than half--men, women, and children--perished in the wreck. Surviving crewmembers repaired the ship’s badly damaged long boat, which they rowed to the town of Canso, where they waited on the governor of Nova Scotia, who offered to help. The survivors eventually either remained in Nova Scotia or made their way to towns in northern New England.

This newspaper story, told by one of the surviving crew members, is an early example of an overly sentimental disaster and secular disaster narrative for popular consumption. The  story aimed less to help the sufferers than to generate feeling for them, a similar objective of contemporary novelists in this era of growing sensilbilty.

Source

Boston Weekly News-Letter, 11-18 August 1737

Date

11-18 August 1737

Contributor

Cynthia A. Kierner

Format

Newspaper

Type

Text

Coverage

1700-1799

Original Format

Newspaper

Files

Boston WNL 1737 shipwreck.pdf

Citation

“Wreck of the Catherine, 1737,” Disaster History Archive, accessed October 23, 2021, http://disasterhistoryarchive.cynthiakierner.org/items/show/4.

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