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Old 26th December 2017, 14:52   #1
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Annie Jane shipwreck in 1853, names of the survivors and drowned.

Hello everybody

I have just had a book published about a shipwreck in 1853 but that is not what this post is about, as you read on that will become clear.
Some information was held back till the book was released. I am putting the direct links on this page. If you are interested could you please take a look as all the crew details on site now and every scrap of information I could find about the casualties and the survivors. If you know someone older in your community who does not bother with the internet then take the list to them. The majority on the Annie Jane were Irish followed by Scottish then English. The lists are now alphabetical except the families have been kept in the same order as in the original list; they seem to run from the oldest (head of the family) to the youngest.

Steerage survivors All but nine of the survivor’s origins have been found. We were able to break the passengers up into family groups or if anyone was travelling on a single ticket. The list now reflects that. Makes a lot more sense now. Obviously we are looking for the origins of as many people as possible. We now know who every one of the first class passengers were. Everyone found but the mysterious John Morgan, lots of hits on any search, surname very common. Was in Liverpool for the inquiry so may have been from there. We have all the crew who drowned now except for one; an unnamed apprentice. Name, age, location, register number, profession for all deceased crew members. No list ever existed as the names of the dead crew were not given or requested by the press at the time. We now have: name, age, location, register number, profession for all crew members except one.

Just a brief synopsis for anyone who is unfamiliar with the story. The Annie Jane was a newly built emigrant ship that sailed from Liverpool to Quebec in late 1853 with about 450 people on board. She turned back once to Liverpool after being dismasted, about 80 passengers left although they could not get their money back. She sailed again and was wrecked in the Outer Hebrides on the tiny island of Vatersay on the 28th of September 1853. Up to 350 drowned and there were 102 survivors. The dead were buried in two mass graves “like herrings in a barrel”. The survivors descended on the only house in the island looking for food and shelter, some of them being stuck there for two weeks.
Sadly, the location of the graves has been lost. Vatersay is suffering from coastal erosion and an explosion of rabbits. I am hoping with the raised profile from the publication of the book to do something about that with the help of the local population.
Main site is My contact details are there and an update page for any new information.

Thanks for reading.

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