Ship arrivals at Quebec for Atkinson, Usborne
The ghost story by Joan Finnigan about George Usborne in "Witches, Ghosts and Loup-Garous (were-wolves)" tells how George went bankrupt following the sinking of three lumber schooners. This page attempts to separate fact from fiction.
Atkinson, Usborne & Co. were shipping agents. George Usborne and Henry Atkinson are listed in a Quebec business directory in the 1840's at 38 Peter St. and Lowndes wharf, Lower Town, Quebec City. There are also newspaper references to an Atkinson, Usborne wharf. All the ships in the table below were consigned to Atkinson, Usborne & Co though it is not clear how many of them were owned by the firm.
|July 29th 1834||Arrived Quebec||Bark Walker||Liverpool||Mr Houghton|
|May 14th 1835||Arrived Quebec||Brig Marys||Waterford|
|September 3rd 1843||Arrived Quebec||Bark Cairo||Plymouth||Passengers:
|October19th 1844||Arrived Quebec||Bark Economist||Newport|
|May 12th 1846||Arrived Quebec||Bark Pleiades||London|
|May 13th||Arrived Quebec||Brig Spring Flower||Belfast|
|May 14th||Arrived Quebec||Brig Ocean||Bordeaux|
|May 14th||Arrived Quebec||Brig Thistle||London|
|May 16th||Arrived Quebec||Brig Collingwood||Troon|
|May 17th||Arrived Quebec||Brig Lord Canterbury||Bristol|
|May 18th||Arrived Quebec||Brig Bolton||Ardrossan|
|May 20th||Arrived Quebec||Brig Williams||Painboeuf|
|May 20th||Arrived Quebec||Brig Woodman||Sunderland||Coals|
|May 21st||Arrived Quebec||Ship Robert Bruce||London|
|May 21st||Arrived Quebec||Bark Eliza Ann||Whitehaven|
|May 21st||Arrived Quebec||Brig Six||Aberdeen|
|May 21st||Arrived Quebec||Brig Intrepid||Sunderland||Coals|
|May 25th||Arrived Quebec||Bark Thomas||Whitehaven|
|May 25th||Arrived Quebec||Brig Ganges||Cork||22 Passengers|
|May 25th||Arrived Quebec||Brig Derwent||Workington|
|May 26th||Arrived Quebec||Bark Marquis of Hastings||Sabston|
|September 19th||Wrecked at sea||Sir Robert Bruce||Quebec||Crew saved|
|September 19th (?)||Wrecked||Bark Aurelian||Quebec|
|October 23rd||Wrecked at Metis||Brig Ocean||Quebec||11 drowned
|May 11th 1847||Arrived Quebec||Bark Port Glasgow||Poole|
|May 23rd||Arrived Quebec||Brig British Tar||London|
|May 28th||Arrived Quebec||Brig Harmony||Troon|
Robert Albion writes in "Forests and Sea Power" : "The excessive cost of freight from Canada meant old decrepit ships unfit for any other service ended their days bringing Canadian timber to England. Many of them ended their careers under tragic circumstances. The desire for profits extended to burdening the ships with heavy deckloads of timber; and when the owners tried to get three round trips out of their vessels, the casualties in winter seas were notoriously heavy."
On April 23th 1846 on the 16th day of her journey to Quebec The heads of her main and mizen mast were carried away in a heavy squall in mid-Atlantic.
Capt Brown reported that the vessel struck ice with damage to the copper sheathing in the Gulf of St Lawrence.
The Quebec Gazette of January 1847 reported the auction of the salvaged hull and load of timber from the Bark Aurelian bound for Portsmouth . She was wrecked 12 miles below Cape Chat (probably in the storm of September 19th). George got £430 for the hull and £150 for the cargo. The "late master" was one, J.Forbes. Did he die on the wreck?