THIS WEEK IN history
■ Dec. 5, 1812 – The British brig “HMS Plumper,” out of Halifax with at least £70,000 in gold and silver destined to pay troops in Saint John, strikes rocks near Point Lepreau in the Bay of Fundy and goes down. The whereabouts of the treasure is never revealed.
■ Dec. 4, 1866 – The British Government meets with delegates from the Maritimes and Canadas to pledge support for Confederation. In addition to financing the Intercolonial Railway, the “London Resolutions” pledge a 10-year allowance to New Brunswick for lost revenues.
■ Dec. 7, 1926 – Edward R. Mcdonald of Shediac patents the Crossword Game known today as Scrabble.
■ Dec. 3, 1944 – While steaming to Saint John from Barbados, the Canadian merchant ship “Cornwallis” is sunk off Maine by the German submarine U-1230. Out of a crew of 48, only five survive.
■ Dec. 7, 1957 – In Dalhousie, Joseph Pierre Richard of River Charlo, becomes the last man to be hanged in the province of New Brunswick, for the murder of 14-year-old Katherine De La Perelle.