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Loss of the Schooner "Tubal Cain" - 1907


Feb. 1st, 1907 Daily News Article

Schooner Tubal Cain Believed To Have Gone Down!
Had Eight Men Onboard !

The schooner Tubal Cain, which left Halifax, on Friday, January 11 th, for Grand Bank, has not since been reported, and it is feared disaster has befallen her. In December she loaded a part cargo of fish at Harbor Breton, and proceeded to St. Lawrence for the balance, for Halifax. After leaving St. Lawrence she proved leaky, and the captain put into St. Pierre for repairs. She went on dock there and her bottom was examined, but the leak could not be discovered, and she continued her voyage, without mishap.

The fish was discharged and found to be not injured in the least. She then took onboard 50 tons soft coal and 4,000 feet hardwood plank, the coal being leveled off and the plank spread on top. It was stowed in such a way that no cargo could be more secure. On the 11 th January she left for Grand Bay, usually a two days' run and has not since been heard of.

Friends of those onboard have given her up for lost, and there is much distress and sorrow in consequence. Grand Bank has been sorely afflicted of late, as only a few months ago the Nellie Harris left North Sydney for here, but never reached home, and the town was just recovering from the effects when this similar calamity occurs. It is possible the schooner may have been driven off to sea, but it is feared she has gone to the bottom.

The Tubal Cain had eight men on board viz: J. Handigan, master, Capt. Forsey, Capt. W. Rogers, Matthew Pardy, Philip Downey, A~on Forsey, John Tibbo, and another named Tamell. If the vessel be lost 16 orphans and several widows are left with no one to provide for them. The Tubal Cain was 80 tons register, 4 years old, and owned by George A. Buffett. She was said to be one of the staunchest vessels of Grand Bank's [me fleet. She was noted for being an excellent sailer.

The following is a photo of my grandfather Matthew Pardy (1877-1907) , who was a crew member of the Tubal Cain on her ill-fated trip.

Matthew Pardy

Matthew Pardy (1877-1907)



Page Contributed by George Pardy (April 2005)

Page Revised by Craig Peterman (Wednesday March 06, 2013)

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