In Daniel F. Johnsons book ‘Irish Emigration to New England through the Port of St. Johns’ partly viewable on Google Books he lists emigrant vessels, a partial list in included below. Many of the St.Johns records were lost in a fire at the Customs House there in 1870.
Mr. Johnson was told by Robert Fellows, Archivist to the Provincial Archives, New Brunswick that in 1977 he had located previously lost records and these formed the basis of part of Mr. Johnson’s book.
The Port of St. John was a gateway port to North America for Ireland, Scotland, England and also Germany. The 1830s and 1840s was a period of large scale emigration from all over Northern Europe. Many of the Irish soon left for New England. In a sample period 80,000 emigrants were received of whom 10,000 went to the USA and over 4,000 died in local hospitals or almshouses. The Irish average for going to the US and mortality was probably higher than that of other Northern European locations.
In Bantry William Dealy/Daly a businessman who owned a timber yard owned a Brig which made regular voyages from Bantry/Berehaven to St. Johns. He also had family in St.Johns. There was a mini Bantry diaspora there with members of the Kingston, Bird, Clarke, Pattison, Dukelow, and Dealy/Daly families settled since the 1820s. One of the side effects of the emigrant ships was to depress the price of timber as this was carried on the return voyages.
Ship Arrivals St Johns, New Brunswick
Date Vessel Port of Origin Link
1st July 1832 Independence Kinsale
17th April 1833 Independence Kinsale http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/passengerlists/independence1833.shtml
1st August 1833 Charity Kinsale http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/passengerlists/charity1833.shtml
August 1833 William of St. John Kinsale http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/passengerlists/william1833.shtml
22nd March 1834 Independence Kinsale
12th May 1834 Independence Berehaven and Kinsale http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/passengerlists/independence1834.shtml
17th May 1834 Charity Kinsale http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/passengerlists/charity1834.shtml
26th November 1834 Brig Thomas Hanford Baltimore http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/passengerlists/sjlists1834.shtml#th
16th May 1841 Dealy Brig Bantry http://www.dalyclan.org/Brig/brig.htm
15th September 1841 Dealy Brig Bantry
27th May 1842 Dealy Brig Bantry
27th May 1845 Triumph Berehaven
4th September 1845 Dealy Brig Bantry
11th May 1846 Brothers Bantry
12th May 1846 Dealy Brig Bantry
25th May 1846 George Ramsay Kinsale
16th June 1846 Pons Aelii Berehaven
2nd June 1846 Regina Baltimore
20th June 1846 Renewal Berehaven
17th October 1846 Berehaven
21st June 1846 Themis Bantry
21st June 1847 Themis Baltimore
31st May 1847 Governor Douglas Clarke
28th May 1847 Ocean Baltimore
3rd May 1847 Malvinia Baltimore
25th Maay 1847 Stirrat Kinsale
25th May 1847 Helen Ann Kinsale
20th August 1848 Levithian Baltimore
16th May 1848 Ocean Berehaven
19th July 1847 Helen Ann Kinsale
16th May 1849 Lord Sandon Kinsale
The ‘Ship’s List’ contains lists of shipping and related records during the period.
Re Besnard of Huguenot descent had a major sail factory in Douglas Cork but involved in emigrant transport from Nick Reddin Newspaper extracts:
November 23, 1891, The Daily Sun, Saint John, New Brunswick
The death occurred yesterday afternoon at his residence 179 Prince William St., St. John, of Peter BESNARD, an aged citizen. Mr. Besnard had been in failing health for some months. He was a native of Cork, Ireland where he was born nearly 90 years ago, being in the 89th year of his age at the time of his death. About 1825 Mr. Besnard came to this country in a vessel owned by his brother, who was at one time mayor of Cork. He was interested in emigration from Ireland to Canada and was at one time connected with an agency for the promotion of such emigration. He entered the employ of the late Hon. John ROBERTSON and was at one time one of Mr. Robertson’s right hand men in the lumber business. Mr. Besnard had not been in business for a number of years. He married Miss BREMNER, a daughter of one of the first St. John postmasters. A daughter residing in this city and a son Robt. S. BESNARD, a ship broker in Boston, survive him. Mrs. Besnard died about a year ago.