Eliza Arabella DeWolf (1831 - 1853)

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Death: Died in PE, Canada
Cause of death: Drowned on the Steamship Fairy Queen
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Royal Gazette, October 10, 1853:

The Steamer Fairy Queen was lost last night between Pictou Island and the mainland. Two passengers and 8 of the crew, including Master, Agent, and all the Officers saved; eleven passengers, including Mr. Wilkins, H. G. Pineo, Edward Lydiard, and 2 Miss DeWolfes were lost; also Mr. McKenzie of the army. Remainder lost, even Alexander Cameron; one of the passengers got on shore on round-house. He says he saw three ladies sink and a number of others floating in the Gulf. The Captain and Crew much blamed for deserting the passengers.

Second despatch via telegraph from Sackville to Charlottetown:

Some saved: Mr. Wilkins, Pictou; Mr. Pineo, Pugwash, Mr. Lydiard, Thomas Parker, Thomas Steward, Mrs. Marshall, Mr. E. Ingles, Mr. Ellsworth, Mr. Allan Cameron.

D. McKenzie and Miss DeWolfe believed lost.

Further writeup of Inquiry...October 10, 1853, and October 17, 1853.


"A fearful catastrophe happened to the Fairy Queen, a small mail steamer plying between these ports, not long ago. By some carelessness, she sprang a leak and sank; the captain and crew escaping to Pictou in the ship's boats, which were large enough to have saved all the passengers. Here they arrived, and related the story of the wreck, in the hope that no human voice would ever tell of their barbarity and cowardice. Several perished with the ill-fated vessel, among whom were Dr. Mackenzie, a promising young officer, and two young ladies, one of whom was coming to England to be married. A few of the passengers floated off on the upper deck and reached the land in safety, to bear a terrible testimony to the inhumanity which had left their companions to perish. A voice from the dead could not have struck greater horror into the heart of the craven captain than did that of those whom he never expected to meet till the sea should give up her dead. The captain was committed for manslaughter, but escaped the punishment due to his offence, though popular indignation was strongly excited against him."

-Isabella Bird, "An Englishwoman in America"


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Eliza DeWolf's Timeline

March 26, 1831
October 7, 1853
Age 22
PE, Canada