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Descendants of 1831 Shipwreck at Baccalieu Island

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Descendants of 1831 Shipwreck at Baccalieu Island

Posted: 18 Apr 2013 11:34AM GMT
Classification: Query
Seeking information about the schooner "AZARAIAH" that was wrecked on Baccalieu Island on her way out the Bay to the seal hunt in the early morning hours of 16 MAR 1831. 4 survivors (only survivor name known is John NEWELL) / 19 victims (only victim name known is the Captain, John BONNELL (BUNNELL). Ship was owned by merchant WILLIAM MUNDEN of BRIGUS. Captain lived at CUPIDS. Survivors were seen and rescued by schooner "JOSEPH", also out of Cupids.
Newspaper reports of the day hold only information we have of this tragedy (Royal Gazette and The Newfoundlander).
Some oral traditions state schooner was originally the "ACTIVE" and renamed by the Bonnell Family to "BROTHERS". We suspect the crew were from BRIGUS, CUPIDS, and area, including NORTH RIVER, Conception Bay. Without recovered bodies, there are no area church records giving names of the victims.
The Cupids Historical Society is trying to find names of all aboard for a potential exhibit / memorial in Cupids. If this shipwreck story is in your Family Tree, please contact me at
Thanks in advance for any and all clues!
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DaleRF54 18 Apr 2013 5:34PM GMT 
kbearns 20 Sep 2013 3:28AM GMT 
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