FATE OF THE ACADIANS ON THE DUKE WILLIAM

The DUKE WILLIAM was one of the ships carrying the Acadians who were deported from Prince Edward Island who's destination was not familiar to them. Among other vessels, in 1758, two ships carrying Acadians set sail at the same time, the Violet and the Duke William. The Violet sank first on December 12 1758. The captain of the Violet had notified Captain Nicholls of the Duke William that their vessel was having difficulties earlier. The passengers of the Duke William also tried to save their vessel from sinking, but to no avail, on December 13 1758 the day after the sinking of the Violet, the Duke William sank.
The ships carrying the Acadians during the Deportation were often merchant ships rented to a New England Company and modified for the operations. The Captains usually overcrowded their ships because the more Acadians they brought to their destinations ,the more they would get paid.
So many Acadians died at sea,during the Deportation, and we will never know what happened on the these ships EXCEPT, the Captain of the Duke William survived the sinking , and he wrote a JOURNAL about the tragedy. And when you read the journal, you will see mentioned noble"head prisoner".Stephen White 's research indicates that this noble prisoner was Noel Doiron.Shawn and Tod uncovered that Noel Doiron lived in the community of Noel Nova Scotia for forty years and the community is named after him.In 1750 Noel moved to Pointe Prime PEI .In this tragedy Noel died along with his wife, five of his adult children and their spouses as well as over thirty grandchildren. Also the priest who is mentioned in the journal was Noel Doiron's priest Father Girard who later wrote letters indicating that he was on the ship. I have decided to add a page on an article written by Shawn and Tod Scott which was the basis for the CBC Radio Documentary. To better understand the journal,please read the article I am posting on Noel Doiron. I have been given permission to add a copy of the Journal on my website. I want to give special thank you to Shawn and Tod Scott of the Heros of Hants County Association for their research and providing me with a copy of the journal.. As Mister Scott said to me; " The more readers that this article reaches, the more will know about that fateful day of December 13 1758.I want to add that I have added some music to the next page, if you do not want the music,just click the little square at the top left corner.

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