My Diver / Dever family had a harrowing journey on the Doctor Kane from Londonderry, Ireland to Quebec in 1862. The ship they were sailing on set out in April of 1862 and struck ice leaving them stuck for an hour. This event was long before the Titanic but I am sure the passengers would have had horror stories of boat tragedies involving ice. It must have been a very long hour!
Thankfully they were able to get free and reach their destination of Quebec.
Their thanks to the Captain was sent into the Quebec Daily News as well as a listing of the some of the people onboard. Here is the list:
Baird, J. Snr.
Baird, J. Mrs.
Baird, J. junr.
Thompson, Mrs. (Widow)
Adair, James M.
Latme (?), Mrs. (Widow)
Portion, Mrs. Robert
Here is a transcription of their collective statement about the voyage aboard the Dr. Kane taken from the newspaper:
Quebec May 13, 1862, To Captain Samuel Millikan, of the Barque “Doctor Kane,” Londonderry
We the undersigned passengers of the Bark Dr. Kane, beg to present to you out sincere thanks, for your kin attention to us in administering to our wants and diffusing comforts to the utmost limits of thy power. Also, the deep interest you took of the sick, in prescribing “Medicine,” most suitable to their several distinct illnesses, thereby promoting health onboard. We unanimously have a deep gratification in being able to pronounce that thy kindess has far exceeded our expectations. And, also we cannot pass over the great deliverance we had on Saturday, 3rd May at three o’clock, AM, when our Bark struck fast into the field of ice. Through God’s most providential protection, we now retain and owe our lives, and thy surpassaple skill in able Commandership, in extracating us out of our perilous situation, in the short period of one hour, likewise, thy personal skill has been most obvious in taking every advantage of the wind, disregarding fatigue and inclemency of the weather. We all feel general satisfaction in our short voyage of thirty days, uniting again in thanks to God, and your exertions in being about to disembark at our desired haven, Quebec.
A reply was penned but it was cut off from the clipping. I have added acquiring this to my to-do list.
My Diver / Dever consisting of James, his wife Sarah (Cheatley) and their two children Eliza (age 4) and Samuel (2 mos.), did not remain in Quebec but settled in Picton, Prince Edward Co., Ontario.