BostonIrish History: The Brig St. John Founders on the Coast of Cohasset - October 1849


The public is cordially invited to attend the Commemoration of the 174th Anniversary of the wreck of the Brig St. John on Sunday, October 8 at 1:00 pm. Begins with a memorial Mass at Saint Anthony of Padua Parish in Cohasset, MA followed by refreshments, a brief speaking program, and laying of a wreath at the Celtic Cross in the Cohasset Central Cemetery.

The Brig St. John, was an ill-fated passenger vessel that carried 120 Irish emigrant passengers. It was part of the mass exodus from Ireland at the height of the Great Famine, when a million people left in the hope of a better life. Sailing out of Galway for Boston, the brig went down during a raging October storm in 1849, off the coast of Cohasset, Massachusetts. Ninety-nine souls were tragically lost in sight of land.

The Charitable Irish Society and the Eire Society of Boston, join the Ancient Order of Hibernians (Plymouth Division) in co-sponsoring this commemoration. The sponsors also acknowledge the generous assistance of the Emigrant Support Program, under the auspices of the Consulate General of Ireland in Boston, in organizing the event.