Contact has been received from descendants of the survivors of the wreck of the Despatch. Several are travelling to St. John's to attend the premiere of the opera from as far away as Washington State, USA where they will meet descendants of Ann and the Harvey family and hopefully current residents of Isle aux Morts.
Among the descendants will be Bruce Arnott of Dearborne, Michigan, great-grandson of survivors Daniel and Catherine Arnott. Mr Arnott has permitted us to display family photos of his ancestors who were saved by Ann Harvey and her family. Bruce's cousin Dr. John A. Johnston of Hamilton, Ontario recently wrote Kevin Major to say that the family still possesses the Paisley shawl used to ferry the Arnott baby from the Despatch to safety, the mother clinging to the rope with her hands while gripping the baby-laden shawl with her teeth.
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