History into Myth: The Catalpa's Long Voyage

  title={History into Myth: The Catalpa's Long Voyage},
  author={Philip William Hugh Fennell},
  journal={New Hibernia Review},
  pages={77 - 94}
  • P. Fennell
  • Published 7 June 2005
  • History
  • New Hibernia Review
The expedition described was the Catalpa rescue, which actually occurred in 1876, some years after the inspector had joined the police department. A New Bedford whaler, the Catalpa, purchased by the Irish-American organization Clan na Gael, had in fact sailed for Australia in 1875, succeeded in rescuing six prisoners in 1876, and returned to the United States. None of the original source documents available for the rescue list Inspector Harley as being a crew mem ber or a guest of the ship; nor… 


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