Wednesday, 27 September 2006

The Saxby Gale

Here is a diversion from the usual genealogical fare on this blog.

October 4 marks the anniversary of the Saxby Gale, the tail end on an Atlantic hurricane which caused considerable damage in New Brunswick in 1869. A major storm had been predicted for the date nearly a year in advance by Stephen Martin Saxby, a British naval engineer. Most of the people by the name of Saxby in Canada appear to be descended from him. Read about him here, and transcripts of original documents about the storm here.