Wreck of the steamship North Briton.
The New York Herald
, of the 12th inst., contains the following account of the wreck of the steamship North Briton
Particulars of the wreck of the North Briton — list of passengers — statement of one of the officers.
We received intelligence yesterday from Montreal
of the loss of the steamship North Briton
, Captain Grange
, belonging to the Montreal
Steamship Company's line.
The American brig J. G. Desbler
, Capt. Mann
, from Liverpool
, for Cleveland, Ohio
, passed Further Point at 11 A. M. on Sunday last, signalled for a pilot, and sent the following message ashore.
Nov. 7.--Picked up the North Briton's boat, No. 2, with seventeen of the crew and one passenger aboard.
The North Briton is ashore on Mingan islands.
The North Briton sailed from Montreal
on the 2d inst., and on the morning of the 5th, at 1 o'clock, she struck on Paraquet Island during a gale, the weather being very thick at the time.
The following is a list of the passengers on board of her at the time of her departure:
--Hon. P. M. Vankoughnet
and lady, Major Fielding
, Sixtieth rifles, and lady; Felix Morgan
, lady and child; Felix Briard
, Ralph Jones
, M. Cone
, John P. Strickland
, A W. Duncan
, Frederick Clark
, W. H. Carvill
From Montreal Dr. Woods
, Thos Dawson
, Mr. Robinson
, W. G. Idler
--E. J. Smith
, C. Jarvis
, Eighty-seventh regiment; Mr. Price
, Miss E. Price
, Miss Allan
, Captain Lamerte
and lady, P. Pelham
, John Smith
and lady, and man servant and ninety- eight steerage passengers.
The third officer of the steamship North Briton
has arrived at Farther Point, in a schooner.
He reports that the North Briton struck on Parsquet Island at one o'clock on the morning of the 5th.
It was then blowing a gale.
She was totally wrecked, but no lives were lost.
The passengers and crew were landed at Port Mingan. One boat with seven hands, had not been heard from since it left the ship.
The North Briton sailed Saturday, November 2, at ten A. M., with fifty-one cabin and thirty-eight steerage passengers, for Liverpool
Saturday and Saturday night were the times of the heavy storm.
The following is the statement of Mr. Brown
, the third officer
When the ship struck it was blowing a gale, and the weather was very thick, The ship confined str ing very hard on the roof Tuesday night and all Wednesday, and it was expected she would go to pieces every moment.
A boat, with crews, broke away from the wreck before it was loaded, and could not be brought back till Tuesday morning after daylight, when all the passengers were taken off without accident and transferred.
to two schooners, which landed them at Port Mingan, and a few at houses about nine miles below.
At Port Mingan the passengers all housed in storehouse, having a few blankets, which were got from the wreck, to sleep upon.
The storerooms were all under water, causing a sc rcity of provisions.
The lower cabin was all broken up and most of the baggage lost.
Only a few of the mall bag were saved, and those were perfectly saturated.
When the schooner with the third officer left for Farther Point the other schooner was cruising off the West
end of Anticosti, to intercept the steamship Anglo-Saxon
, which sailed from Montreal
on Saturday last for Liverpool
The North Briton was built at Dumbarton, Scotland
, in 1858, and commenced running to Portland, Me.
, in November of the same year.
She was a propeller of 2,200 tons burden, and had two direct acting engines of 500-horse power. Her hull was divided into six water tight compartments, which probably was the means of saving the lives of many on board of her.