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Sinking of the Carricks Ship

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  • Martin Kavanagh (1835 - 1880)
  • Patrick Kavanagh (1808 - 1855)
    and Sarah Kaveney were tenants of Lord Palmerston and became the first batch of his Assisted Emigrants to leave Sligo in 1847 for Quebec. Patrick and Sarah left on the 5th April 1847. At Sligo Port the...

Around the middle of the 19th century, the great Irish famine brought thousands of impoverished families to America. One of the immigrant ships, the Carricks of Whitehaven, went down off Cap-des-Rosiers on May 18, 1847. Of the 187 passengers on board, 87 perished at sea and 100 survivors were taken in by families in the village.

In 1900, St. Patrick’s Parish in Montréal offered the Carricks Monument to the Cap-des-Rosiers parish church in memory of those who died. Later, in 1966, the ship’s bell was found far away in Blanc Sablon and enshrined in a small monument next to the original one.A plaque, put in place in 1977 by the Canadian Parks Service, recalls this tragedy. It is located in the north sector of Forillon National Park.


The Patrick and Sarah Kaveney family story

The story of the Lost Children of the Carricks and the Kavanagh family was passed from generation to generation and, finally, entrusted to 80 year-old Quebecois-Irish oral historian, Georges Kavanagh. Kavanagh’s ancestors, Patrick Kaveney and Sarah MacDonald would eventually lose their Gaelic family name. Over time, their surname Kaveney (Ó Caomhánaigh) evolved to Kavanagh in rural Québec. This alias would hinder the search for an ancestral home in Ireland five generations later.

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