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Sinking of the Bell Haddon

From "The Daily Columnist", St. John's, November 18, 1890:

                            ANOTHER LOSS AT SEA
                       The "Bell Haddon" and Crew Lost

The boat found floating bottom up near Twillingate on Saturday evening last,
turns out to be the "Bell Haddon" belonging to Solomon MUTCH Esq., of Ragged
Harbour, Notre Dame Bay.  Mr. E.A. MUTCH, manager of the Furniture Show
Rooms on Duckworth Street, was wired particulars of the affair last night,
information of which he gave the "Colonist" this forenoon.  The "Bell
Haddon" left Fogo on Saturday week the 7th inst., bound to Tilt Cove with a
load of produce.  There were three persons on board, viz., Simon BEMISTER,
Joseph WELLON and Percy R. MUTCH, son of the owner who was going down to
Tilt Cove just for a trip. It is thought that the boat reached Little Beaver
Cove on Saturday evening which place she did not leave again till Monday,
owing to head winds. During the same night it must have been that she was
caught in a squall and turned over, somewhere in the neighbourhood of
Western Head.  Nothing was known of the disaster until two days after, which
was Wednesday, when a quantity of wreckage, including vegetables and a piece
of punt was picked up at Black Island.  A short time after the boat itself
was discovered bottom up, near Crow Head.  She was badly damaged, with keel,
deck and  bulwarks gone.  No trace of the bodies of these on board was seen,
nor has there been since.  Of the three on board Simon BEMISTER and Joseph
WELLON were both married men with families; the former belonging to Ragged
Harbour, the latter to Ladle Cove.  Both were comparatively young men under
forty years of age.  Percy R. MUTCH was the youngest son of the family, and
was only twenty years old.  He had spent some time studying medicine in
McGill College, and was going back again to that institution within a month.

And further from "The Gander Beacon", Nov. 27, 1991, an excerpt from an
article on the "Belle Haddon", written by R.W. Abbott, Musgrave Harbour:

One of the men was Joseph Bessett WELLON, Ladle Covem age 34 years, married
to Dorcas GOODYEAR of Lumsden. They had two daughters, Carrie age three
years and Melinda age two months. She was my wife's mother and Joseph was
her grandfather. I have often heard my mother-in-law, who married Henry
Bishop STRATTON, tell of her father being drowned in Mutch's schooner
somewhere near Western Head.

The other men were Simeon BEMISTER of Ragged Harbour and Percy MUTCH, age
21, Mr. Solomon [Mutch]'s youngest son, a medical student at McGill College
who went on the trip for a holiday before going back in the next month.


Contributed by Barbara Pederson

Page Revised by Craig Peterman (March 06, 2013)

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