LIST OF SURVIVORS OF SS FORFARSHIRE, 7 SEPTEMBER 1838

A total of 18 people in two groups survived the shipwreck








NAME
COMMENTS
John Tulloch
Crew: ship’s carpenter. Rescued by the Darlings. He returned to Harcar Rock under William Darling’s supervision, to guard the remains of the wreck of the Forfarshire. Was a witness at the second inquest into the disaster when he stated that Captain Humble was trustworthy, attentive and a good seaman.
John Kidd
Crew: fireman. From Carnoustie. According to fellow survivor, David Grant, he was still alive in 1887. Rescued by the Darlings.
John Nicholson 
Crew: fireman. Rescued by the Darlings.
John MacQueen 
Crew: coal trimmer. Rescued by the Darlings.
Jonathan Thickett
Crew: cook. Rescued by the Darlings. “Lived in Hull”. (surname has
been verified as Thickett  (sourced by Peter Claxton, living relative, Hull 2014)
Thomas Buchanan
Passenger. Rescued by the Darlings. A baker in London, he was from Carse of Gowrie. Along with Rev Robb he travelled firstly from London to Hull where they both boarded the Forfarshire. Rev Robb perished on board after the ship broke up. (See List of Casualties)
Daniel Donovan
Passenger. Rescued by the Darlings. A non-crew fireman, he played a prominent role in the dramatic events. A witness at the inquest into the disaster, he was highly critical of the ship’s captain and the ship’s  owners. He later accompanied the ‘panorama’ artist, Robert Watson, narrating the story of Grace Darling to paying audiences.
James Kelly
Passenger. Rescued by the Darlings. A weaver from Dundee. He was a witness at the inquest into the disaster.
Sarah Dawson
Passenger. Rescued by the Darlings. “Wife of a labourer, formerly of Dundee, but then working in Hull”. Mother of James age 7 and Matilda age 5, who both died in her arms on Harcar Rock. (See List of Casualties)
James Duncan
Crew: first mate. Escaped on the Forfarshire’s quarter boat.
John Matson
Crew: second mate. Escaped on the Forfarshire’s quarter boat
Allan Stewart 
Crew: engineer. Escaped on the Forfarshire’s quarter boat
James Hill
Crew: sailor. Escaped on the Forfarshire’s quarter boat
James Gall, age 34 
Crew: coal trimmer. From Padanaram, Forfar. Escaped on the Forfarshire’s quarter boat. Moved to Barrow-in-Furness, in Lancashire, and lived with his son's family. Died 25 December 1888, age 84. There is a distinctive memorial to him (in the form of a Lighthouse) in Barrow-in-Furness Cemetery.
Alexander Murray
Crew. Escaped on the Forfarshire’s quarter boat
Robert Fox
Crew. Escaped on the Forfarshire’s quarter boat
David Grant , age 28
Crew. Born 1810. Escaped on the Forfarshire’s quarter boat. Interviewed by a journalist in 1887, he was still working as a blacksmith at a Dundee factory at the age of 77. He remarked that, prior to the disaster, the sailors knew Grace; on calm days she would sing and wave to the passing vessels.
Ruthven Ritchie
Passenger. A farmer from Ruthven Hill, Perthshire. Escaped on the Forfarshire’s quarter boat as the only passenger.  He leapt into the boat half-dressed, to join eight crew members. Once safely ashore he returned to Bamburgh by coach to learn that his uncle had perished in the wreck.
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