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Date: November 4, 1849

Location: Grates Cove

Easting: 355800

Northing: 5336500

Latitude: 48° 10' 00" N

Longitude: 52° 56' 00" W

Fatalities: 2

Injuries: 0

Source: M Howard, 1983 Vital Statistics and items from newspapers of Newfoundland 1831 to 1872 v 6 p 87. Weekly Herald and Conception-Bay General Advertiser notices transcribed at NFGenWeb Newspaper Recordsopens new window opens new window

Two brothers lost their lives - Solomon and Azariah Martin were dreadfully crushed by falling stone while, with many others in the act of securing their craft from heavy seas. The elder was taken up alive, and the younger (Solomon) washed out to sea.

Letter to the Weekly Herald and Conception-Bay General Advertiser:- "At Grate's Cove on 4th inst. Dreadful accident, as people were trying to secure their craft from the weather, while in the act of hauling up punts under a high cliff on the north side, a large stone to which a rope had been fastened, gave way, and as it rolled, brought several more large rocks with it. Most escaped with bruises except for Solomon and Azariah MARTIN, who were crushed dreadfully, The younger, age 21, was washed to sea and never seen afterwards, the elder, age 25yrs, lingered for 2 days before death released him of suffering."

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