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Hurricane of 1775

Information from the Edinburgh Advertiser
relating to the
Newfoundland Hurricane of September 1775

DATE INFO WAS PUBLISHED SHIPS RECORDED IN NEWFOUNDLAND AT TIME OF STORM MASTER OF VESSEL ADDITIONAL INFO
1775 Nov 3     By letters from Newfoundland, dated the 20th of September, there is an account, that they had a violent storm there on the 11th, and that a great many vessels were sunk with their crews, and that a great deal of damage was done among the shipping in general.
1775 Nov 7 Jenny (at Labrador) Not given Extract of a letter from Bristol, Oct 30. “Letters are received here from Labradore and Newfoundland: From the former we learn, that there was a most violent gale of wind at NNE the 12th September, which drove every ship on the coast on shore, except the Mary; one is lost, viz the Jenny, of Bristol, when just arrived from a coasting trip; part of her cargo was landed, and the rest is likely to be saved, being salmon; no cod-fish were on board; four other vessels are on shore, and it is doubtful if any one can be got off; of 15 shallops that were fishing eight only got safe; 7 are missing. The accounts from St. John's are of the same date. Between 2000 and 3000 persons are supposed to be lost, boats sunk, houses, flakes, and stages blown down; a number of ships are on shore, many of which cannot be got off.”
1775 Nov 7 Mary (at Labrador) Not given Extract of a letter from Bristol, Oct 30. “Letters are received here from Labradore and Newfoundland: From the former we learn, that there was a most violent gale of wind at NNE the 12th September, which drove every ship on the coast on shore, except the Mary....
1775 Nov 21 Henry and Honora ( at the Bay Bulls) Brooks Extract of a letter from Totness, Nov 11. “This day arrived at Dartmouth, the William and Rebecca, Capt Pilly, from Newfoundland, who brings an account of the terrible storm which happened there the 11th of September, in which were totally lost:
1775 Nov 21 Betsy (of Dartmouth) Thompson Extract of a letter from Totness, Nov 11. “This day arrived at Dartmouth, the William and Rebecca, Capt Pilly, from Newfoundland, who brings an account of the terrible storm which happened there the 11th of September, in which were totally lost:
1775 Nov 21 Eagle Tapley Extract of a letter from Totness, Nov 11. “This day arrived at Dartmouth, the William and Rebecca, Capt Pilly, from Newfoundland, who brings an account of the terrible storm which happened there the 11th of September, driven ashore but got off with some damage:
1775 Nov 21 Palliser Henley Extract of a letter from Totness, Nov 11. “This day arrived at Dartmouth, the William and Rebecca, Capt Pilly, from Newfoundland, who brings an account of the terrible storm which happened there the 11th of September, driven ashore but got off with some damage:
1775 Nov 21 Triton Cheater Belonging to Poole, totally lost at Newfoundland
1775 Nov 21 Joseph Bixcey Belonging to Poole, totally lost at Newfoundland
1775 Nov 21 Ann Connought On shore at Newfoundland, and feared will be lost
1775 Nov 21 William and Mary Not given On shore at Newfoundland, and feared will be lost
1775 Nov 21 St Francis Trimlett Driven on shore at Newfoundland, but are since got off
1775 Nov 21 Mary Griffin Driven on shore at Newfoundland, but are since got off
1775 Nov 21     The number of men that perished in different ships in the late storms amount to 2500, as appears by the estimates delivered to the commanders from the several harbours.
1775 Nov 21 Romney Duff Extract of a letter from Portsmouth, Nov 15. “Arrived at Spithead, Admiral Duff, in the Romney man of war, from Newfoundland.”
1775 Dec 1 Juno Fitzhenry From Bristol, was totally lost the 11th September at Newfoundland
1775 Dec 1 Mary Hine The Mary, Hine, and the Mentor, Bromley, both from Bristol and Waterford, were totally lost the 11th and 12th of September last, on the banks of Newfoundland
1775 Dec 1 Mentor Bromley The Mary, Hine, and the Mentor, Bromley, both from Bristol and Waterford, were totally lost the 11th and 12th of September last, on the banks of Newfoundland

Transcribed by Linda Elkins-Schmitt (December 2008)

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