PEI History of Medicine Society

Wed, Mar 14, 2018 7:00pm
Steel Building - Faculty Lounge, 201
Ship towed to Miramichi

“Death on the Miramichi: Community Responses to Sick Immigrants in Mid-Nineteenth-Century New Brunswick”

Early in the shipping season of 1847, an unanticipated immigrant ship arrived on the Miramichi River, at Chatham. The Looshtauk ought to have gone to Quebec City, but fate intervened in the form of a devastating typhus epidemic. There weren't enough crew left standing to navigate the St. Lawrence by the time the Atlantic had been crossed, so Chatham became the ship's final destination. In this public talk, Dr. Lisa Chilton explores how the people of Chatham and beyond responded to the arrival of a ship carrying death in their midst as an entry point for a discussion about relations between host communities and newcomers in nineteenth-century Canada.

Shannon Murray
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