The Evening Telegram, 1881

October 8, 1881

Loss of the Schooner “Llewellyn.”
Narrow Escape of the Passengers and Crew
On Friday, Sept. 30 – writes our Random correspondent – the schooner Llewellyn, left St. John’s for home. She had her usual crew and some passengers. All went on well till they reached the north side of Trinity Bay when, unfortunately, they ran on the Shag Rock, near Ireland’s Eye, and in less than ten minutes the schooner was completely under water. The passengers and crew – nine altogether – escaped with their lives and nothing more. The night was very dark and a stiff breeze blowing. The schooner was hired by William Cooper & Sons, of North West Arm, Random Island, who lost their winter’s fit out, which they had just bought. Perhaps the saddest part of the affair is in connection with the Rev. James Lumsden, Methodist Minister, who had only arrived from England by the last home boat, and was on his way to the Random Mission. He lost everything he had, and barely escaped without either a hat or boot. He is now left nearly destitute of clothing. To him the loss is considerable, not only with regard to clothing; for he had a splendid collection of books, many of them being presents from friends when leaving home. He had also a number of other presents. Few upon the commencement of their missionary career in Newfoundland have met with such a disheartening incident. The unfortunate affair has elicited the unmistakable sympathy of the people. Mrs. Toope and others in Ireland’s Eye treated the shipwrecked men with great consideration, and did their utmost to assist them in reaching their homes. The schooner was insured, but the poor man who owned her has lost heavily, as he had a large quantity of fishing gear on board at the time.


November 3, 1881

The Schooner “Annie” Badly Damaged.
On Tuesday night last the fore-and-aft schooner Annie, owned by Mr. George Shaw of Southwest Arm, Random, was badly damaged by a collision. It seems that while coming out of Trinity Bay, on her way to this port, she was ran into by a schooner bound in, supposed to belong to Hants Harbor. The Annie lost her jibboom and was cut down to the covering boards forward of the fore chains. No lights were shown by either craft.


November 23, 1881

On the 18th inst. [November], by the same [Rev. T.H. James], Mr. Abraham Martin, of Random, Trinity Bay, to Miss Susanna Thistle, of Broad Cove, Conception Bay.


Transcribed by Wanda Garrett, March 2021, Updated May 2021

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