The Maritimes, a.k.a the Maritime Provinces or the Canadian Maritimes, consist of the eastern Canadian provinces of New Brunsick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. Ports on these islands became a major debarkation point for European emigrants. From these ports people spread all over North America. One major group to come through these ports are the Irish. North America’s Maritime Funnel: The Ships that Brought the Irish 1749-1852, by Terrence M. Punch, provides information on the about 1,050 voyages from Ireland to the Maritimes.

Punch lays out a year-by-year listing of known voyages from Ireland to the Maritimes. This includes maps showing the movement of populations from areas in Ireland to the Maritimes, and tables with port-by-port statistics. In addition, he uncovers as many passenger names as possible. Only 123 passenger lists of the 1,050 voyages survive today. However, additional names were uncovered through the meticulous extraction of information from other sources like land records, newspapers.

To add to the layers of detail this book offers, there are also several useful appendixes, including: “(1) Irish among the Founders of Halifax; (2) Ulster Irish Arrivals before 1773; (3) Irish Emigrant Petitioners for Land in Nova Scotia; and (4) Emigrants in the Ordnance Survey Memoirs, 1830s. These four appendixes alone contain the names of 1,523 people, and the book concludes with a ship index and an index of surnames.”

 

Contents

Section I Introduction

Section II Ireland’s Mounting Demographic Crisis

  • Table 1 – Ireland’s Population
  • Table 2 – People per Square Mile
  • Table 3 – Population by County

Section III The Concept of Catchment Areas

  • Map 1 – River Hinterland of Waterford
  • Map 2 – River Hinterland of Londonderry
  • Map 3 – Origin of Londonderry Passengers 1847/49

Section IV The Irish Ports in 1837

  • Map 4 – Ireland’s Emigration Ports
  • Table 4a – Emigration by Named Port
  • Table 4b – Emigration, Port Unspecified

Section V Ships from Ireland to the Maritimes, 1749-1852

  • Bibliographic Key
  • List of Voyages by Year and Port

Section VI Annual Number of Voyages from Ireland to the Maritimes

  • Table 5 – Year-by-Year Statistics

Section VII The Number of Irish Emigrants to the Maritimes

Section VIII Maritime Ports of Arrival

  • Map 5 – Maritime Provinces Ports of Arrival
  • Table 6 – Port-by-Port Statistics

Section IX Tonnage and the Passenger Acts

Section X Confusion in the Passenger Lists

Appendix I Irish among the Founders of Halifax, 1749

Appendix II Ulster Irish Arrivals before 1773

Appendix III Irish Emigrant Petitioners for Land in Nova Scotia

Appendix IV Emigrants in the Ordnance Survey Memoirs, 1830s

Appendix V A Coffin Ship: The Aldebaran, 1847

Ship Index

Index of Surnames

Topical Index

 

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