THIS WEEK IN his­tory

Sackville Tribune - - TANTRAMAR -

■ 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.

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