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Hector, Pictou NS

Her most famous voyage took place in 1773 with a departure date around July 1, carrying 189 Highlanders who were immigrating to Nova Scotia. The vessel's owner, Mr. Pagan[2], along with Dr. John Witherspoon, purchased three shares of land near Pictou, Nova Scotia. Pagan and Witherspoon hired John Ross as a recruiting agent for settlers willing to immigrate to Pictou with an offer of free passage, 1 year of free provisions, and a farm. The settlers (23 families, 25 single men) were recruited at Greenock and at Lochbroom (Rossshire) with the majority being from Lochbroom. The settlers that boarded the Hector were poor, "obscure, illiterate crofters and artisans from Northern [Scotland], who spoke Gaelic."[3] The school teacher, William McKenzie was one of the few passengers on the Hector to speak both Gaelic and English.[4]

 

The Hector was an old ship and in poor condition when she left Europe.[5] The arduous voyage to Pictou took 11 weeks, with a gale off Newfoundland causing a 14 day delay. Dysentery[6] and smallpox claimed 18 children among the passengers[7]. The vessel arrived in Pictou Harbour on September 15, landing at Brown's Point, immediately west of the present-day town of Pictou.

  

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Taken on September 16, 2012