Excerpts from the Slade & Kelson Diaries concerning the loss of the
Sunday 13th Dec, 1835
Ė Wind from the WSW in the morning veering in the afternoon to SW- in
the evening to South. Fine and mild all day. In the morning about 5am
arrived Schr. Sally, E. Eagan; from Hantís Harbour left from Old
Perlican bringing with her the whole of the crew who providentially
escaped from the wreck of Stonemanís schooner. Among the number is a
Mr. Collier, a Clerk engaged for S&Kís establishment.
This is a painful task to record the melancholy catastrophe that
occurred in the tremendous gale of the 3rd inst of the
total loss of Wm. Kelson Jr. sloop & all hands, six in number, having
perished off Hantís Harbour, part of the wreck is said to have been
driven into Capelin Cove. The crew of the sloop were William Kelson
Jr., Jno Stevenson, Jas. Swyers, Ben Breddy, Skipper, John Haiter,
servít, John Sheppard & John Miller who lately lived at Wm. Spencerís
John Gardinerís boat
also lost off Hantís Harbour all the crew met a watery grave. Part of
the wreck was identified and picked up in Lance Cove, the crew of
Gardinerís boat were Gardiner himself, his son Richard, Wm. Snow, John
Anderson, old Thomas Leonard and T. Humphries.
Wm. March in Schr. Elizabeth, belonging to Job & Rankin of St. Johnís
and from St. Johnís, last from Catalina, bound to Hantís Hr. to lay up
for the ice lost off Danielís Cove & all hands on board, six in
Mr. Stonemanís Schr.
5 Sisters lying a total wreck in Old Perlican, no lives lost & every
portion of the goods shipped at St. Johnís saved, part of which was
brought in the Sally to Trinity & part left in care of Mr. Regan of
JBG & Co.ís New
Perlican bait skiff and Ollerheadís boat both laden with goods,
totally lost, crew saved.
Spenceís Schr. 3
Sisters driven on shore at Old Shop, water logged Ė and to wind up
these woeful affairs Ė Mr. Grahamís Schr. Providence was stranded the
following day at Smutty Nose, New Perlican, with her masts cut away.