1902The first Festival of the Crowning at Our Lady of Good Voyage Church occurred.People and Communities, Portuguese History, Religion

First Crowning at Our Lady of Good Voyage, Capt. Mesquita’s daughter, Mary Dahlmer was the first to play the “church bells,” who in turn taught Father Alves. Atlantic Photo Company, Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, Photo 14449
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On October 27, 1900, Captain Joseph P. Mesquita and his 15-person crew on the Mary P. Mesquita were run down by the British steamer Saxonia in the fog. The schooner sank and 14 of the 15 crew members survived. To give thanks for their survival, Captain Mesquita vowed to institute an annual crowning ceremony in the parish of Our Lady of Good Voyage. A silver crown was designed and made in Portugal and was sent to be blessed by Pope Leo XIII, arriving in time for the first ceremony in 1902.

“Saxonia, Cunard Line.” http://www.norwayheritage.com/p_ship.asp?sh=saxon.
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