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The Loss of the Brig Dispatch off the Coast of Newfoundland, Canada 1828

A List of Survivors
Transcribed, Compiled and Submitted by Len Swindley, Melbourne, Australia

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Extracted from the STRABANE MORNING POST



No 958: Tuesday, September 2, 1828


Wednesday, August 27


The following melancholy letter, detailing the loss of the above vessel, which sailed from this Port, bound for Quebec, with passengers, in May last, has been received by MARCUS S. HILL, ESQ. our collector :-

H. M. S. Tyne, 26th July, 1828

Sir. The accompanying list contains the names of 158 men, women, and children, exclusive of the mate and all the crew, 9 in number, who were saved from the wreck of the Dispatch, of Workington, commanded by the late WILLIAM LANCASTER, (drowned) which sailed from Derry, on the 29th May for Quebec.

The brig was wrecked on a rock, about eighteen miles to the eastward of Cape Ray, and distant from the Main three-fourths of a mile, on the evening of the 10th of July, and it was only by watching the occasional fall of the surf for a few hours each day; till the following Tuesday, that the mate and crew with two boats, and the assistance of a fisherman in a small boat 12 feet long, saved those in the accompanying list. The mate informs me that 200 passengers were said to be on board, though he thinks several infants were not reckoned, as their passage was not paid, and the crew, master included, were eleven in number.

Four men and ten children died on the rock from starvation, five children and one woman, died on the beach, four men perished in the woods, and one woman and one boy in the boats of this ship, whilst on their passage from the place of shipwreck. By a comparison of numbers, it appears that thirty-six at least were drowned; of that number two infants were washed from their mother’s breast, whilst on the rock, and of one family, six were swept off after they obtained a footing.

I have taken the liberty of troubling you with the list, as from your situation at the port whence the vessel sailed, you will most probably have the readiest means of making the same known, and thus quieting the feelings of relatives and friends at once.

I am, Sir, your obedient servant,


To the Collector of Customs, Captain,


A list of Persons saved from the wreck of the Brig Dispatch of Workington, William Lancaster, late Master, and conveyed from Port aux Basque, Newfoundland, to Halifax, in his Majesty’s ship Tyne:



Name Townland
John HENDERSON Skirts [of Urney]
John SCOTT Ardstraw
George BOYLE Kirskiddy
James MONAGHAN Kirskiddy
Edward SHEILS Drumra
James ARMSTRONG Drumra
Hugh HARPER Termanamongan
Michael SHEILS Donagheady
James McGONAGLE and Margaret, his sister Donagheady
Edward McGOWAN Donagheady
Joseph SMALEY and his wife and child Donagheady
John SMALEY and his wife and two children Donagheady
Hamilton PARKHILL and his wife, child, and sister (brother lost) Donagheady
John McPARTRIDGE, Mary his wife and James, Archibald, John, Samuel, and Martha, their children Donagheady
Mary McMANUS Donagheady
John WILLIAMSON Leckpatrick
Wm. MOOR Leckpatrick
Wm. McMONAGLE, and C. McMONAGLE, his mother Leckpatrick
Robert GORMAN Leckpatrick
Margaret GORDON (her husband lost) Leckpatrick
Catharine BRYAN Leckpatrick
Charles COCHRAN (died on board the Tyne on the morning of the 26th of July) Strabane
Robert SHAW and his wife and child Cappagh
John NICKSON and Margaret his wife Cappagh
John BAGSTER, Martha his mother and Thomas and James his sons, (two sons and two sisters lost) Thomas and William, brothers of John BAGSTER, George his nephew, Annie and Catharine his sisters Cappagh
Alexander KAIL and Eliza his wife Termanamongan



Name Townland
James GALLAGHER Rathmanno
James DOUGHERTY Turboil
Charles PORTER Langfield
James ROULSTON Langfield
Hugh McLAUGHLIN Dunnamore
Mathew FULTON Tullaghabegley
Thomas McCLEAN Ray
Alexander McCAULEY and Mary, his wife (one son lost) Ray
Dennis DOUGAN and Anne and Grace, his two daughters Ray
Jaffles SMYTH Ostragh
Samuel SPENCE Tullaghaghness
John ARMSTRONG Alphaninshe
David O’HARA Urney
John O’HARA and Mary his wife Urney
Joseph HART and Mary his wife, and Thomas, Margaret and Eliza, their children (lost two sons) Urney
Margaret THOMPSON Urney
Noble KILGRACE and his wife Rachael Urney
Alexander ALDJO Tullybeg
David HAMILTON, Martha his sister and Robert his brother (father; mother, and two sisters lost) Tullybeg
William AYERS Raphoe
Mary GRAHAM (her husband lost) Raphoe
Hugh DOUGHAL Cloaghaneely
James WILLIAMS and Mary his wife Burt
John BROWN and Isabella his wife (one son lost) Donoughmore
Mary McBETH Donoughmore
Charles SMULLEN and his wife and child, and William CASSIDY, his step-son Tullaghabegly
Robert MOORE, his wife Margaret and child Sarah Ramelton
Patrick CALLAGHAN and his wife Lydia Conwell
Eleanor JOHNSTON Templecarn
Anne DUNCAN Taughboyne
Mary MAHAFFY and her two nephews, James and John KING (her father, mother, and sister lost) Taughboyne
Mary McMONAGLE and her son James (one child lost) Taughboyne



Name Townland
John CRAGHAN Upper Cumber
James McGINNIS Aughanloo
John HULL Balteagh
Robert HULL Balteagh
Patrick McMANUS Cumber
James MARSHAL Glendermot
Thomas McCLELAND Drumachose
William McCLELAND Drumachose
William WHITE Drumachose
John McMASTER, Martha his sister, and William his brother Glendermot
James CERRIGAN Faughanvale
Robert McELHENNY Faughanvale
JOHN McMULLAN and James his brother (father, mother, two sisters, nephew, and female servant lost) Termanveny
GEORGE STEEL (his brother lost) Drumachose
Benjamin McKAY Macquanane
Sarah Anne HYNDMAN Glendermot
James ROBINSON Glendermot
Biddy MULLENS Bannagher
Rose O’NEILL Cumber



Name Address
Neal McTAGGART Campbeltown, Argyleshire
Daniel ARNOTT, his wife, John, Daniel, and David, his sons grown up, Duncan, aged 10, Andrew 1, Elizabeth grown up, Agnes 14, Catharine 12, Jane 8, Mary 5, Martha, 3 Campbeltown, Argyleshire
James McCULLOCH, his wife and child (one son lost) Kill, County Cavan
William FAZILL and Anne his wife (one son lost) Killaid, County Antrim


General Abstract

Persons embarked, (crew of 11 included) 211

Accounted for of these in foregoing statement,

including 29 who perished, 181

Master lost 1

Mate and crew saved, 10


Unaccounted for 18