Celtic Cross Monument

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Overview

On October 7, 1849, the Brig St. John, carrying 99 Irish emigrants fleeing the Great Famine, was wrecked off the coast of Cohasset, Massachusetts during a severe storm.

The ship was headed to Boston from Galway, Ireland when it encountered the storm and crashed into the Grampus Ledge off the Cohasset shoreline. Of the 99 passengers on board, 99 lost their lives in the tragic shipwreck.

After the ship wreck, 45 bodies were recovered and buried beneath a memorial cross erected in 1914 by the Ancient Order of Hibernians to commemorate the victims. The memorial stands in the Cohasset Central Cemetery as a solemn reminder of this devastating loss of life during the Great Famine migration.

Celtic Cross Monument in Cohasset, Massachusetts