Clyde, I agree there is a remote possibility of the McGrotty being related. Just for your info and something to keep in the back of your mind.
Capt. Phillip Hue was born on the the Isle of Jersey, Channel Islands off the coast of France, but English territory. He apparently met his wife Amelia in Liverpool as her mother BETSY HODGE BUTTERS was listed as the owner of a residence there where she gave birth. Phillip was a master mariner who sailed ships between New Brunswick and Liverpool. Obviously Ireland could have been a stop. One of the ships we are sure of was called the MONTROSE a barque ( not a steamer) as we have a painting of it sailing on the Mersey. Have not been able to get much info..and we are not sure actually where it was built. If it becomes important I can give you the info I have on it.
CAPT. THOMAS BUTTERS, Betsy's husband was also from England. However I have not been able to find him on any Census. In fact finding a Butters is hard to do in England. Possibly he is from Ireland or Scotland. I have no info as to what he did on the ship...fish, haul goods and passengers...? Possibility the McGrotty lad was a friend or nephew that happened to follow the Butters to New Brunswick.
How do the McGrotty's and Hodge's link up on your side?