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Bones present in Quebec nationwide park confirmed to be from 1847 shipwreck

Human stays found in Quebec’s Gaspe area in 2011 and 2016 had been these of Irish immigrants who died in a shipwreck in 1847 after fleeing famine, Parks Canada has confirmed.

The federal government company mentioned the bones of three people between the ages of seven and 12 washed up on a seashore at Cap-des-Rosiers in Forillion Nationwide Park in 2011 following a violent storm. 5 years later, Parks Canada staff carried a couple of preventative archeological dig at Cap-des-Rosiers and located the stays of 18 extra people, principally girls and kids.

Historians theorized the stays had been from the Carricks shipwreck in 1847. The ship carrying 180 passengers from Sligo, Ireland sank off the coast of Cap-des-Rosiers earlier than it was in a position to attain its closing vacation spot of the Port of Quebec. Between 120 and 150 folks died when the ship sank, in accordance with historic information. Solely 48 folks survived.

Researchers analyzed the human stays within the bioarcheology laboratory on the College of Montreal and confirmed they had been certainly from the shipwreck. They did this by accounting for the situation the place the bones had been found and the context of their burial, which had been buried on the seashore.

The lecturers additionally decided the people adopted a eating regimen that was attribute of rural populations depending on agriculture on the time, on this case, potatoes. This aligns with historic information of the standard eating regimen of the inhabitants of Ireland within the first half of the 19th century.

The checks additionally revealed the shipwrecked folks had been affected by ailments probably brought on by malnutrition, which might be in keeping with the Nice Famine in Ireland throughout that point.

“During the Great Famine of Ireland in 1847, Canada became the home of many Irish immigrants,” Diane Lebouthillier, MP for Gaspesie — Les Iles-de-la-Madeleine, mentioned in an announcement. “The tragic events of the Carricks shipwreck are a startling reminder of just how difficult the journey was for the travellers and that not everybody was lucky enough to reach their new home.”

After consulting with the residents of Cap-des-Rosiers and members of the Irish neighborhood, Parks Canada mentioned the human stays of the 21 passengers can be buried close to the Irish Memorial on Cap-des-Rosiers Seaside at a ceremony in the summertime. The monument was erected in 1900 in reminiscence of the shipwrecked passengers.

“Today’s announcement is very significant for Irish families whose ancestors were Carricks passengers. This shipwreck reflects an important part of Canadian history,” Lebouthillier mentioned.

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