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Halifax to Lunenburg Maritime Immigration - June 1753

Arriving on June 8th & 17th, 1753.  

Approximately 1453 passengers & 158 armed troops on board.
Now it is my opinion that these Sloops would average about 60' x 24' and the Schooners about 65' x 16' and each would be capable of transporting from 40 to 60 persons and the voyage from Halifax to Lunenburg that took approximately 12 hours (with a fair wind).  It is also my opinion that these ships were mostly from the Eastern Seaboard and principally Massachusetts and Virginia.

First Voyage: June 7, 1753 (14 vessels) and Second Voyage: June 15, 1753 (11 vessels).
A total of 642 settlers of which 289 were able to bear arms. They embarked on May 28th but didn't leave Halifax Harbour until 8 p.m. Thursday June 7th and the ships arrived at Merligash (Lunenburg) between 7 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. on Friday, June 8th.

Second Voyage: A total of 811 settlers embarked on June 15th but didn't arrive in Lunenburg until June 17th and their lots were numbered on June 18th.

ARMED VESSELS 
Voyage 
[1] ALBANY - His Majesty's Sloop (14 guns) -  John Rous [took lamp oil]
[1] RAINBOW - Sloop - Montgomery [took Regiments]
[1] ULYSSES - Sloop - Jeremiah Rogers [took Rangers & lime]
[1] WARREN - Schooner 70 tons - Abraham Adams (from Minas Bay, N.S.) [took 13 bushels of  potatoes]
[1+2] YORK - Provincial Sloop - Silvanus Cobb (from Annapolis, N.S.)

SLOOPS - UNARMED
Voyage 
[2] BIDDEFORD - Sloop 95 tons - Benjamin Donnel (from Biddeford)
[2] DOLPHIN - Sloop 90 tons - Samuel Hodgkins (from Falmouth)
     [took 12 bars of iron]
[1] ENDEAVOUR  - Sloop - Capt. Trivitt [took bricks & provisions]
[2] INDUSTRY - Sloop 90 tons - George Goodwin (from Boston)
[2] MARY - Sloop 90 tons - Andrew Denning (from Boston)
[2] MEDFORD - Sloop 80 tons - William Nichols (from Boston)
[2] SPEEDWELL - Sloop 90 tons - John Horner [took dry stores]
[1] SWAN  - Sloop 90 tons - John Waite
[2] VICTORY - Sloop 90 tons - John Roddick [took lumber]

SCHOONERS
Voyages 
[1]BULKELEY - Schooner (probably named after Cornwallis's aid -
    (Richard Bulkeley)
[1] CHEBUCTO - Schooner [28 casks of provisions]
[1] ENDEAVOUR  - Schooner 93 tons - Joseph Stover (from Boston)
[1] INDUSTRY - Schooner 88 tons - John Bristoll  (Samuel Massey ?)
     (from Maryland)
[2] MERMAID - Schooner - Richard Clark
[1] SALLY - Schooner 60 tons - Daniel Stickney
[1] SPEEDWELL - Schooner 64 tons - Isaac Martin
[1] THREE FRIENDS  - Schooner 75 tons - John Simpson

OTHERS (suspected, but not confirmed.)

PILOT SHIP - Capt. Sutherland -
CHAPMAN - Barkantine - John Colshare (from London)
EAGLE  - Sloop - Samuel Trap (from New London)
GANDULAS -?
LUCY - Sloop -?
POLLY - Schooner - John Ricket (from New London)
SEAFLOWER - Sloop 81 tons - Samuel Harris (from Boston)
SURPRIZE - Schooner - Elisha Cobb (from Virginia)
TORRINGTON - (40 guns) - Capt. Hutchinson (from London)

Source: These notes were submitted by Jean Tavanaee (Lunenburg, N.S.) from Colonel Charles Lawrence’s book Founding of Lunenburg - 225th Anniversary Edition - 1972 (viii, 45 p.; 26 cm), reprinted under the sponsorship of the Lunenburg Heritage Society and through the British Museum and the Public Archives of Nova Scotia. Original Introduction by D.C. Harvey, Archivist, Public Archives of Nova Scotia, 1953.

The original Journals and Letters were Colonel Lawrence’s day by day account of the founding of Lunenburg as the officer in command of the project and transcribed from a photostatic copy of the Rev. Dr. Andrew Brown’s manuscript in the British Museum. Rev. Brown was Pastor of St. Matthew’s Church, Halifax, 1787-95, and later Professor of rhetoric and belles lettres at the University of Edinburgh.

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