January 29th, 2023
I finally finished researching and writing another collection of stories about the many shipwrecks of the Gaspe Coast.
For centuries ships from different parts of the world found their way to the rugged and rocky shores of the Coast. Storms, dense fog and high winds were the enemies of sailors, despite the experience of the crew. And sometimes it was bad luck or a freak accident such as an overturned oil lamp on rough seas that set the ship on fire.
This collection tells the tragic story of the Carricks ship that was carrying Irish immigrants to Canada and how it got caught up in a storm and hit the jagged rocks along the shore near Cap des Rosier. Many lost their lives on that ship back in 1847.
There is also the story of the Colborne shipwreck that was travelling with one of the most valuable cargoes ever shipped out of London, England. It was on its way to Quebec when it went off course and struck the rocky seashore at Mackerel Point near Port Daniel. A lot of people were said to have profited from the lost currency that ended up in the waters.
The Empress of Ireland sunk taking more than a thousand lives with her in the St Lawrence River. It remains the largest peacetime disaster in Canadian history.
You can find this collection of stories on the Gaspe Coast Stories website at www.gaspecoaststories.ca and you can watch the short video about it on my YouTube channel called Gaspe Coast Stories.
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Collector of the stories, legends and folklore of the Gaspe Coast.